Awards, Fellowships, Grants and Scholarships

Important Dates and Deadlines to Remember

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Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

The College of Charleston Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society, is now accepting applications from its members in good standing for the nationally competitive Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship awards. These awards support exceptional students in the first year of graduate study. Each chapter of Phi Kappa Phi can submit one application for consideration in the national competition. 

To be considered by the Charleston Chapter you must submit your application to the College of Charleston chapter of Phi Kappa Phi by April 1. Please note that letters of recommendation will not be collected at this time; letters will only be collected from the College's selected nominee. Please send applications to Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich, Director of Student Awards and Activities at Please use “PKP Fellowship Application” as the subject line of the submission.  The Chapter will work with  the  selected  nominee  to put together a refined final application in time to meet the April 15th  national deadline.

For more information about the PKP graduate Fellowship awards, please see the attached flier. For questions related to the College's  internal  application  process, applicants  should contract Dr. Collins-Frohlich at the email address noted above.

For more information, check out this fact sheet, or visit the Phi Kappa Phi website. 

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist

The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award and Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award honor those individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship. Awardees receive $1,000 honoraria, a one year active membership and a recognition certificate. Each award is given once per biennium.

First presented in 1974, the Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and public service. In 1983, the Artist Award was established to recognize the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts–creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts.  Next solicitation cycle is for 2020.

Study Abroad Grants (currently not active due to Covid)

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Check the national Phi Kappa Phi website for further details.


Dec. 15, 2019: Application portal opens

March 15, 2020: Application deadline

May 1, 2020: Recipients will be notified

May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021: Study Abroad program must begin during this time 


You are eligible to apply if you meet ALL of the following:

  • you are an undergraduate attending an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter;
  • you have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
    *We do NOT round-up - meaning a 3.74 GPA does not qualify; 
  • your study abroad program begins between May 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021;
  • you have applied to or been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline and provide a letter of acceptance or a letter confirming your application, on official letterhead, as part of your application.
  • you are not a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, regional vice president, member of the Study Abroad Award committee or Society employee.

Literacy Grants

The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."  Click the link above to learn more. 


Dec. 15, 2019: Application portal opens

April 1, 2020: Deadline for applications

June 1, 2020: Recipients will be notified

Love of Learning Awards

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/research/learning, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. Two hundred awards, at $500 each, are distributed each yearThe competition is open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members who:

  • Have completed their baccalaureate studies by application submission deadline.
  • Did not receive a Fellowship or Award of Excellence grant.


Dec. 15, 2019: Application portal opens

June 30, 2020: Application deadline

Sept. 1, 2020: Recipients will be notified

Distinguished Service Award

The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The award is given once per biennium.


The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award recognizes service over the course of one's professional career beyond the realm of academia. To that end, students are not eligible for this award.

  • The nominee must have been initiated by February 1, 2015.
  • The nominee need not be affiliated with an academic institution.
  • The nominee must be an active member with current dues paid as of February 1, 2020.
  • The nominee cannot be a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, regional vice president, member of the Distinguished Service Award committee or Society employee.

Please note:

  • The service cannot be part of the nominee's job description or position.
  • The service cannot be the sole donation of money to a cause or organization.
  • The service can be performed by a non-U.S. citizen and conducted in any country.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria includes:
  1. Distinguished record of dedicated, sustained service over many years to one or more causes or organizations (at least six years of substantive service).
  2. Demonstrated involvement of the nominee's participation in the service activities.
  3. Evidence of demonstrated impact of the service. 

Application Process

You will submit your application through our online portal. You will be required to submit a cover letter from the chapter president or other nominator (including self) describing the sustained service and the evidence of the impact of the service; your current CV; and at least one (up to three) letter(s) of support.
The recipient's attendance at the Society's biennial convention is expected.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020

The Susan J Morrison Award for Service to College of Charleston Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi


  • Faculty: for outstanding service over many years
  • Students: for outstanding service in one year


  • Only when appropriate, not expected to be awarded every year.