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Ponch and Mitzi Frank Graduate Fellowship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree must have been completed at Virginia Tech
  • Must be a current Virginia Tech Master’s student
  • M.S.-to-Ph.D. program students are not eligible
  • Must be a permanent resident or U.S. Citizen
  • Nomination from a faculty member or department


  • One-year fellowship
  • $2, 000 stipend per year


  • Academic departments must submit a Fellowship Nomination Form by April 1 which includes the following information:
    • Letter of recommendation describing the student’s notable academic merit and financial need, if applicable
  • One award per academic year
  • Preference given to out-of-state students. In-state students will be considered if there are not any out-of-state applicants
  • Preference given to College of Science Master’s degree students in even years
  • Preference given to Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Master’s degree students in odd years
  • Departments can submit multiple nominations