Professional Growth

By providing opportunities for awards, fellowships, and professional networking we seek to create an environment in which students can thrive throughout their time at UNH and beyond. Students may apply and be nominated for awards through the Graduate School to support them in their research and scholarship, and also seek fellowships and networking opportunities outside of the university system.

  • Dalton Marsh
    Leitzel Center Awards

    "Competing for the Leitzel award was an exciting opportunity to share my work and see other STEM
    education research from graduate students around the university. I am very grateful to the Leitzel Center for supporting me as a researcher and for their support of Joan and James’ mission for advancing STEM education." - Dalton Marsh, 2019 Leitzel Award Recipient

  • Benjamin Savard

    As a GA, I help keep applicants up to date on the opportunities and achievements happening at UNH. I am always on the lookout for students and alumni using their UNH degrees to make a difference in their communities. Please reach out if you have any questions about our Professional Growth resources. 


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Fellowships & Awards

There are a variety of award opportunities available through the Graduate School to support and uplift students as they work towards their goals. Available awards include the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship (STAF), Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate/Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award (GRSC), and Graduate Teaching Award. Further information about opportunities right here on campus can be found in the Fellowships, Funding, & Awards Available to Grad Students Guide. 

The Graduate School awards travel grants to students who are presenting their research and scholarship at professional meetings. Travel grants are also available to students who are attending professional development workshops and seminars that will enhance their research agendas.

The UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education awards are presented each year at the Graduate Research Conference (GRC). The awards recognize exemplary STEM education and outreach presented at the GRC. The Leitzel Center will make two awards - one for an oral presentation and one for a poster presentation. You can enter the competition by following instructions during the GRC registration process. 

The UNH Alumni Association Student Grants Committee awards grants to provide funds to UNH students, either as individuals or in groups, on campus for extracurricular activities and/or extraordinary student needs that otherwise would not be provided for. Grant funding is provided by the funds raised from the Alumni & Friends Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament which are directly applied to the J. Gregg Sanborn Enrichment Fund.

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including and annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Networking and Seeking New Opportunities

Established in 2005, the Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel, and editorial support to high achieving students applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. The services of the Fellowships Office are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni of the University.

The Dinner and a Movie/Lecture event series is a way for graduate students to network, meet new students across disciplines, and engage in a social learning experience outside of their daily routine. The Graduate School chooses from a variety of events on campus or in the local area for graduate students to go to and provides dinner at Holloway Commons as part of the events. We're always interested in graduate student input for these events, so if you see something that may be of interest to you or other graduate students, email and let us know! Find event and registration information on the Master Calendar by following the feed above or clicking "view all events."

UNH Career and Professional Success offers several opportunities to expand your network and improve your networking skills including online guides covering everything from interviews to social media, Handshake, an online hub for searching and applying for jobs, and Wildcat Connections, and exclusive online community for UNH.