The Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship (GTIF) is Georgia Tech's most prestigious fellowship for graduate students, awarded to a small, select number of President's Fellowship (PF) holders. It is intended to aid departments in making competitive offers to the most highly sought U.S. or permanent resident doctoral applicants.
The GTIF supplements an assistantship or other fellowship already held by the student. Beginning in fall 2017, the GTIF provides an additional $1,000 per term beyond the amount the student would receive in from a PF. Graduate programs nominate students to receive the GTIF, which is awarded on a campuswide, competitive basis. It is renewable for up to three additional academic years, based on the major school’s evaluation of the student’s academic performance, research potential, and progress toward the doctoral degree.
GTIF recipients are selected and renewals are approved by the college(s)/schools/academic departments, and disbursements are administered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The program is coordinated in the Office of Graduate Studies, under the direction of the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development.
Students offered GTIFs must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an applicant of a Tech doctoral program (not an applicant for a master's program who declares doctoral intentions, unless that is the only way the student without a master's degree may be admitted to that program).
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Must have a major fellowship or the offer of an assistantship competitive with other students in the program.
- Must be at the top 10% of the applicant pool.
- Must enroll as a full-time student to be eligible for disbursement each semester. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours, with at least nine of those hours taken on a letter grade or pass/fail basis.
- Applicants who will study at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and are otherwise eligible may be awarded a GTIF.
Maintaining the Award
The following requirements apply to students receiving GTIFs:
- Must maintain full-time enrollment.
- Must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Must remain at the Ph.D. level or in pursuit of the Ph.D. (a fellow is allowed to pursue/attain a master’s degree en route to the Ph.D.). A fellow who changes majors outright from Ph.D. to master’s level will no longer be eligible for the award.
- Must defer the award for any fall/spring semester(s) during which the student is engaged in an internship appointment.
Note for students who have held GTIFs prior to the 2017-18 academic year:
Although the amount of the GTIF award will be $2,000 per academic year effective fall 2017, this will not affect students who were awarded GTIFs prior to the 2017-18 academic year. Students who previously received the larger GTIF award will not be affected by this change in the award amount. The Institute will continue to uphold its commitment to the previous GTIF holders according to the terms and amount provided to the students when originally awarded, and according to the students’ eligibility.