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Naming and Endowment Opportunities

Naming and Endowment Opportunities

There are two ways to make gifts that contribute to the Phi Kappa Phi award and grant programs – through either a bequest or a donation. Several naming and endowment opportunities are available.

Please email Chief Financial Officer, Brad Jewell at for further information on award funding.

A list of the named awards that have already been established is available at this link.


The graduate Fellowship is Phi Kappa Phi’s signature award. First awarded in 1932-33, the Society now awards 62 Fellowships annually to members to support the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may endorse one applicant in the annual award competition. 

The traditional Fellowship provides a stipend of $8,500. Currently there are 18 endowed or named Fellowships, many of which stipulate the award be directed to certain fields of study. In 2009 the Society created six Marcus L. Urann Fellowships that come with a $20,000 stipend. In 2018, a third tier Fellowship was created: two awards in the amount of $35,000 each – the 1897 Fellowship supports graduate study in the STEM disciplines, and the Sherrill Carlson Fellowship supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 

For graduate students, the Society offers a Dissertation Fellowship. Created in 2014, this $10,000 award supports students who are at the dissertation writing stage of their doctoral work. 

Information for members and donors interested in providing funding for a Fellowship:

    $700,000 will fund the 1897 Fellowship
    $400,000 will fund a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship
    $200,000 will fund a Dissertation Fellowship
    $170,000 will fund a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship


Love of Learning Awards

In support of our motto, the Love of Learning Award was created to provide funds for career development or post-baccalaureate study. Each year the Society awards 200 awards of $1,000 to active members. 

    $20,000 will fund a Love of Learning Award


Study Abroad Grants

Undergraduate students on campuses where we have a chapter are eligible to apply for one of the 125 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants awarded each year. Two of the $1,000 grants are endowed.

    $20,000 will fund a Study Abroad Grant


Graduate Research Grant

Graduate student members may apply for one of 20 grants of up to $1,500 to support research projects or presentation of research.

    $30,000 will fund a Graduate Research Grant.


Literacy Grants

The Literacy Grants program was introduced in 2003 to encourage members and chapters to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to ΦΚΦ chapters and individual members to fund existing or new literacy projects.

    $50,000 will fund a Literacy Grant


Phi Kappa Phi Scholar, Artist, and Sylvester Distinguished Service Awards

These awards honor individuals who have demonstrated the ideals of the Society over the course of their careers. Each biennial award recognizes excellence: the Scholar in teaching and scholarship; the Artist in creative arts; the Sylvester Award in sustained volunteer service.

    $20,000 will fund a Scholar, Artist, or Service Award