Those with the The University of Tennessee have announced they’re starting a $4 million fellowship program to recruit exceptional graduate students.
Starting fall 2017 at the flagship campus in Knoxville, the university has been set to offer four-year $10,000 annual fellowships for up to 100 graduate students.
The students will receive the $40,000 in addition to their college-funded graduate research assistant or graduate teaching assistant stipends.
School officials said the program, named the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, has been aimed to attract the best and brightest students worldwide.
The new initiative will phase out the top-off program, which had been providing $4 million to graduate students campus-wide this year.
Dixie Thompson, Dean of the Graduate School, said the old program spread the money out too thin and diluted its impact.