Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellows Program

The Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program is intended to advance the vision of June and Fred Kummer to encourage innovative students to pursue doctoral degrees to strengthen applied research, technological innovation, and economic development in the re

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 I&E fellow will receive a 12-month stipend and tuition remission for required course work for up to four years.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

The Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program is open to:

  • Domestic and international full-time Ph.D. students admitted to a STEM degree program starting the Fall 21 semester.
  • Preference will be given to those with a master’s degree

Application Process

The deadline for applying is February 19. All students who have applied for the Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows program will be reviewed for admission (if not already admitted). At the time of review, faculty will nominate students who have applied to become a fellow. The nominations will be submitted to the Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellows Program Selection Committee for final review and selection to the program. Students should expect to receive a decision on their acceptance to the program by mid March.  Nominees may be invited to a virtual interview with the selection committee and will be notified of their interview date/time by early March.

Application Process

Complete a Kummer I&E doctoral fellowship application

The application includes:

  • A personal statement that should be no more than 1,000-1,500 words, and must address the following:
    • The academic and professional choices you have made to date and why
    • How you envision yourself in a leadership role – expanding human knowledge and/or benefiting society as a whole
    • Descriptions of previous research experiences, if any
    • How you match the following Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellow profile

 

Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellow Profile 

The ideal candidate should possess remarkable motivation and passion for their field of study, with a desire to make significant contributions to their profession and to society. A candidate also should recognize the benefits of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to society, and will consider opportunities to commercialize their research upon graduation. In addition to a strong academic record, the candidate should possess leadership, communication, and decision-making skills, and demonstrate the attributes of successful graduate researchers, including intellectual curiosity, tenacity, energy, and a collaborative mindset.   

  1. Student Resume. In addition to the academic vita, students should highlight leadership experiences and significant achievements from work, school, volunteer projects and extracurricular activities, including a list of honors and awards.
  2. A Letter of Recommendation. The letter should address how the candidate fits the Kummer I&E Fellow Profile, with a particular emphasis on the candidate’s motivation, passion and desire to make significant contributions to their chosen profession and to society, and the desirable attributes of a successful graduate researcher.

Please note that the selection committee reserves the right to request additional information as needed.