The Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship Guidebook


Welcome to the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows (PDRF) program. Administered by the Office of Research, this program supports exceptional graduate research and the mentoring of world-class doctoral students, offering unparalleled support and access to USU resources. By accepting the awarded fellowship, each student, their college and department, and the Office of Research make a commitment to fulfill their respective responsibilities. This guide outlines those responsibilities.

The Award

The Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship includes a scholarship, assistantship, tuition award and subsidized health insurance. The costs of this award are based on a matching agreement between the Office of Research and the PDRF’s home department.


PDRFs have access to many different benefits offered through both the School of Graduate Studies and through the Office of Research. Click on the side menu tabs to discover how the PDRF program can enhance the graduate experience.