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David W. Francis & Lillian Francis Research Fellowship

The David W. Francis and Lillian Francis Scholarship Fund was established to provide graduate fellowships in research that emphasizes longer, safer, and healthier lives. The disciplines designated in the endowment include agriculture, engineering, bioinformatics, plant pathology, wood science and forest products, veterinary medicine, and biotechnology.

Eligibility Requirements

  • For Ph.D. students in their final year of research
  • Research that emphasizes “longer, safer, and healthier lives”
  • Nomination from an academic department


  • $22,500 stipend
  • In-state tuition for one academic year
  • The fellowship does not provide out-of-state tuition assistance
  • One research fellowship will be awarded for each academic year


  •  Academic departments must submit a Fellowship Nomination Form by April 1 which includes the following information:

    • Letter of support from the academic unit
    • Letter from the faculty advisor(s)
    • Description of the student’s academic work
    • Synopsis of the student’s research and its relevance to the topic