Phi Kappa Phi Expands Fellowship Program

By Uloop Staff on March 29, 2021

The nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, Phi Kappa Phi, has announced an expansion of its Fellowship program beginning in 2021 from a total distribution of $615,000 to $649,000, according to a recent press release. The additional funding will allow the Society to support 62 fellowships for outstanding students entering their first year of graduate or professional study, increasing the Society’s robust awards program to distribute more than $1 million annually to members.

Each year, the Fellowship Program, established in 1932, provides funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees across all academic disciplines. The more than $1 million funding is distributed to outstanding members through study abroad grants, graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for postbaccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national, and international literacy initiatives. Endorsed by their local chapter, Phi Kappa Phi Fellows go on to study at some of the nation’s top graduate schools.

“Phi Kappa Phi is well known for the awards it makes available to active members and students on campuses where we have a chapter,” said Dr. Mary Todd, the Executive Director of the Society. “Since the first fellowship was awarded in 1932, our portfolio of awards has grown exponentially in number and funding, all made possible by the generosity of our donors. That’s why we’ve adopted the phrase ‘Awards are what we do.’ It’s a joy to enable the love of learning to expand through the support provided to our community of scholars.”

Beginning this year, Phi Kappa Phi will award four additional fellowships at $8,500 each. These newly endowed Bond Fellowships, named for Victoria and L.D. Bond, will support two top-scoring nominees in the arts, music, and/or literature and two top-scoring nominees in the fields of mathematics or information technology.

The selection process for a fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance in an approved graduate or professional program.

The application process for the 2021 Fellowship Program is currently open and will close on April 15. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may submit one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship.

To learn more about the fellowships and other Society awards, please visit

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