The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund provides fellowships to fund advanced education and graduate study carried out entirely in the U.S. The fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. and have received baccalaureate degrees.
Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer, and statesman and married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The Selection Committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
Fellowship Program Guidelines
In accordance with the above, eligible students must meet the following Candidate Qualifications:
- Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the U.S. Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.
- The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The JP Morgan Chase selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
- The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
- The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
- The candidate must be a U.S. citizen.
- The candidate may be of any national descent or background.
- Scholarly endeavors are strongly preferred.
- The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board, and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.
- The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a "Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow."
- Fellowships are awarded annually. Each Fellow must apply for renewal of his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded. Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years.
- Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.
- A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly.
Campus Application and Selection Process
All graduate and professional degree programs on the three campuses (Main, Medical, and Law) are eligible to nominate up to (3) three students for campus review and selection. Each nomination should be collated as a single PDF document and include the following materials in the order presented:
- A completed "2019-20 Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Application" (MS Word / PDF)
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
- All undergraduate and graduate transcripts to date including current semester registration (photocopies permitted)
- GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores, as applicable (photocopies permitted)
- A "Statement of Purpose" of up to three pages, double-spaced which considers the relationship between the applicant's graduate level study and intended personal and/or professional career goals. Each statement must begin with a 10-15 line abstract (included in the page limit) that explains in layman's terms their degree program, with emphasis to its eventual intellectual impact on his/her respective field of study.
- At least two (2) Letters of Recommendation from previous professors with whom the applicant has taken classes and/or has worked closely with.
- Financial Aid Summary or Award letter from the applicant's school (e.g., Graduate School, MSB, Law Center, etc.).
Selected nominees will need to provide the following additional or "official" items as part of the nomination packet to JP Morgan Trust:
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
- ETS certified GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores.
- Summary copy of student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-20 academic year.
- Federal Income Tax Returns for the prior two calendar years (CY2016 and CY2017), including spouse's returns.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult the DZL Application Checklist before submitting their completed application to the Graduate School.
Each graduate or professional degree program is allowed up to (3) three nominations. Programs have the latitude to employ their own method of evaluation for internal review and selection of candidates; however, it is strongly recommended that you use or at least consider the above-stated evaluation criteria set by the Trust. Nomination packets must contain the items listed above, with the exception of tax returns, FAFSA, and official test scores and transcripts; these items, including official copies of transcripts and scores, will be required only of selected candidates. The complete packet should be uploaded to GU Box by the Director of Graduate Studies or designated program staff no later than January 7, 2019.
Nominations will be considered by the Graduate Research Steering Committee who will make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Questions relating to the fellowship program and/or campus application and selection process should be directed to Maria Snyder, Director of External Fellowships and Institutional Coordinator. Students should not contact JP Morgan Chase.