The Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellows Program (Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows) is one of several new initiatives established through a generous gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri S&T. This program is designed to help Missouri S&T realize Mr. and Mrs. Kummer’s desire to encourage innovative-minded students to pursue doctoral degrees to strengthen applied research, technological innovation, and economic development in the region, state and nation.
The Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program is limited to no more than 100 scholars each year. The program is open to domestic and international students. Each Kummer I&E Fellow will receive a 12-month fellowship (paid out semesterly) and tuition remission for required course work for up to four years.
Kummer I&E Fellows will engage in a number of special opportunities, including:
The Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program is open to on-campus domestic and international full-time Ph.D. students admitted to a STEM degree program for fall and spring terms. Preference will be given to those with a master’s degree.
S&T graduate students currently enrolled in either M.S., M.A. or Ph.D. programs are not eligible to be nominated for or awarded a Kummer I&E Fellowship unless they meet the following exception:
Thus, students enrolled in M.S., M.A. degree programs in Biological Sciences, Psychological Science, Business and Information Technology, and English and Technical Communication are eligible to be nominated for and awarded a Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellowship for pursuit of a Ph.D. degree at S&T.
Only potential incoming doctoral students who have not yet started their graduate program at S&T are able to apply for the Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program. Potential incoming students must complete their application to a doctoral program, prior to submitting this fellowship application. After submitting the student application, the faculty advisor for the student candidate will complete a nomination form. The completed packet (student application and faculty advisor nomination) will then be reviewed by the Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program Selection Committee for final review and awarding of the fellowship. See specific deadlines below
September 16/January 31: Submit your completed Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellowship Program application.
October 3/February 15: The faculty advisors will have until this deadline to complete and submit a faculty advisor nomination form.
October 25/March 13: Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows selection committee to announce awards.
October 25 - November 16/March 13 - April 14: Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellow awardees living in the U.S. will be invited to campus for an in-person visit with their academic departments. Travel costs will be covered. International students will be able to schedule a virtual visit. Visits will be coordinated by the academic departments.
November 16/April 14: Deadline for Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows to accept their award.
Step 1: Apply to a Doctoral Graduate Program
If you have not applied to the Missouri S&T doctoral program, you must first apply for the doctoral program and submit all required documents. Once that process is complete you can submit your Kummer I&E doctoral fellow application.
Step 2: Apply to the Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program
Doctoral students who have already applied to S&T or are newly admitted, please review the fellowship application requirements and complete a Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellowship application.
Once you have been admitted as a Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellow you will receive a welcome packet with additional program information.
Requirements to stay in the I&E Doctoral Fellows program include:
Are you an academic faculty/leader internal to S&T who would like to nominate an exceptional student for this fellowship program?