Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.


For the Graduate Arts Award: Must be a senior or recent graduate from an accredited four-year U.S. college or university with a cummulitative GPA of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent), and must have demonstrated unmet financial aid. For the Dissertation Fellowship Award: Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, participate in Fellowship activities (including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend in early August 2012, for which the Foundation will provide travel expenses, lodging, and meals), and be willing to present their research to Foundation staff and/or Scholars.


Up to $50,000 per year for graduate or professional degree




A faculty committee reviews all applications and selects two nominees. By the internal deadline, you must submit to the Office of Fellowships the full JKC application including recommendations and transcripts. The application is available from the foundation website. You do not need to complete the financial forms for the internal process, but you should include a brief statement explaining your financial need for graduate school. Note whether you were on financial aid while at Northwestern.