McDermott Graduate Fellows


Applicants to the University’s research-intensive doctoral programs are automatically considered for the Fellowship – there is no separate application. After admission decisions are made, academic units nominate highly-qualified students to the Fellowship committee for consideration.

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Nominated students’ applications for doctoral study are reviewed comprehensively in the contexts of individual merit and of synergy with the interests of our leading researchers. Individuals with records that demonstrate mastery of the intellectual foundations of their field of study, intensive independent accomplishments in research, and the personal dynamism to emerge as leaders of innovative research programs are most likely to receive an invitation to interview online.

Essential to the appointment of Fellows is synergy between the prospective doctoral student and the student’s prospective dissertation supervisor. A priority of the Program is that Fellows commence active research work concurrently with the first year of graduate coursework. This is best accomplished by individuals who have determined from the beginning their research field and the faculty leader with whom to do their dissertation. Interested students should investigate UT Dallas’ leading research areas and faculty, and cultivate relevant relationships well in advance of applying to the University.

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