U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Gramm spent two decades serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate, using his economic and financial expertise to create important laws and policies and to provide advice to legislators and the White House. Currently, Dr. Gramm serves as Senior Partner of Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. This fellowship, available only to currently enrolled doctoral students at Texas A&M University, recognizes scholarly excellence. The Gramm Fellowship was established to promote, encourage and reward outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective disciplines exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense.

Nomination Guidelines

Departmental Deadline for Submission to Colleges: February 13, 2017
College and IDP Deadline for Submission to OGAPS: February 17, 2017
(Limit of two (2) submissions per College/IDP)

All nominations are to be submitted through the OGAPS e-proposal system at http://gsf.tamu.edu.


Requirements consideration by review committee

  1. The nominee must, at the time of nomination and receipt of award, be an enrolled doctoral student in good standing with the University.

  2. The nominee must have taught on at least a one-half time basis for two semesters or summer sessions (10 weeks) during his or her doctoral enrollment at Texas A&M University, or must be completing the second semester of teaching at the time of nomination for the award.

  3. The nominee must have had independent authority to assign grades for course work or laboratory sections taught.

  4. The student’s approved dissertation research proposal should be on file in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

  5. The student should have completed a substantial portion of his/her research at the time of nomination, and the research should be considered of the highest quality for the nominee’s field of study and have an outstanding command of the discipline.

  6. The nominee should represent excellence in college-level teaching and research; have outstanding mentoring and pedagogical skills; and have a reputation for ethical behavior and methodologies in all aspects of scholarly life.

  7. The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

  8. Previous nominees may be nominated again but no prior awardees may be re-nominated.

  9. The nominee must not be a full-time member of the Texas A&M University faculty or staff at the time of nomination.

 To check out the winners of previous years, please click on respective links.

Required Information to be Submitted by the Nominating Department

Departments are invited to submit nominations to their college graduate dean by February 13. Interdisciplinary programs should submit their nominations directly to the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies by February 17. Each nomination packet should include the following information:

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:

    • Title stating: Nomination for Gramm Doctoral Fellowship

    • Full name of student, student’s email, and student’s current address

    • Name of nominator, department, and nominator’s email

  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award (2 pages maximum).

  3. Personal, academic and career information about the nominee, such as a curriculum vitae or resume.

  4. Letters of support regarding the nominee’s teaching and research abilities by the faculty members of the nominating department, peers of the nominee, and students previously taught by the nominee at Texas A&M University. Submit no more than two letters of support in each of the preceding categories.

  5. The student’s specific research, teaching and scholastic achievements should include some or all of the following:

    • Information in support of the nominee’s teaching abilities, including, but not limited to, courses taught, number of students enrolled, type of preparation required for teaching courses, course evaluations, and grade distributions.

    • Academic awards, scholarships, fellowships or other scholarly recognition since becoming a graduate student.

    • Presentations at local, state, national or international meetings of professional societies or topical conferences. Please do not include manuscripts (identify meeting or conference, title of presentation, place, date and role played by student).

    • Printed or submitted publications. Please do not include manuscripts (document those accepted but not yet published). List a complete bibliographic citation with authors in the published order.

    • Other research-related, scholarly, creative or innovative activities (techniques, devices or concepts developed; grant proposals written; etc).

Each college and IDP will review nominations, select the top two students and forward these two (2) nominations to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies by February 17 for the final selection of Gramm Fellows. College and IDP nominations should go to http://gsf.tamu.edu.

A selection committee will evaluate and choose recipients of the Gramm Fellowship. Announcements of the 2017 Gramm Fellows will occur in March. Fellowship recipients will be recognized and receive their awards at a ceremony on April 6, 2017.

2012 Award winners
2013 Award winners
2014 Award winners
2015 Award winners
2016 Award winners