Dean's Merit Award

Students must already be accepted by one of the approved programs of excellence before being considered for the Dean's Merit Award. 


Montana Board of Regents (BoR) of Higher Education Policy # 940.31 (adopted:  March 20, 2003 / revised:  November 19, 2010) provides campuses “the flexibility to differentiate tuition by program, sector and method of delivery to reflect the cost of providing education”.   This policy provides a means to develop an institution-wide tuition reduction program for out-of-state graduate students who have won prestigious scholarships from national and international programs of distinction (e.g., Fulbright). Without such a tuition reduction program, the University will not be able to provide competitive offers to these prospective graduate students.  It is with this in mind that the ‘University of Montana Graduate Education Merit Award Program’ (UM-GEMAP) has been developed.

Section III.A. of the aforementioned BoR policy further states that “Campuses have the flexibility to set non-resident tuition … for graduate research and teaching assistants at 100% of resident tuition”.

Eligibility Requirements

The Graduate Council will establish a process for domestic or international programs of distinction to be designated as a UM-GEMAP, DMA ‘Program of Excellence’ and approved by the Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship. Once on that list, all students from a designated program will be eligible to receive this award. Fulbright is an example of the type of program expected to receive this designation.

Program Management

The Graduate School will manage the annual allocation of eight of these awards.

Application Process

Award Renewal

The student will keep the award for the duration of the program as long as they:

  1. Maintain good academic standing, average GPA of 3.5.
  2. Be registered full time (9 credits).
  3. Make appropriate progress toward completion as assessed by the student’s graduate committee and reported to the Graduate School.

List of approved programs of excellence

  • Fulbright
  • Ford Foundation
  • European Union’s Marie Curie Fellowships
  • NIH Grants & Fellowships
  • NSF Grants & Fellowships
  • German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Fellowships
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants
  • DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
  • USAID Pre-Approved graduate programs
  • Department of State Grants & Fellowships
  • Department of Education Grants & Fellowships
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • NASA
  • American Psychological Society
  • Beinecke Scholarship Program
  • Truman Capote Literary Trust
  • American Council of Learned Societies