Graduate School Fellowships, First-Year Awards

The Graduate School offers fellowship opportunities for new, incoming graduate students. 

All Graduate School fellowships provide a monthly stipend, academic tuition and fees, and a subsidy of 85% of the student health insurance premiums. These fellowships are nonrenewable and may not be deferred.

Students are nominated for fellowship consideration by their prospective graduate programs beginning in mid-December through mid-January, prior to starting their graduate studies. Students may not apply directly for fellowship support. Each graduate program has a limited number of students who may be nominated for fellowship consideration. 

Admission applications must be completed by the end of November for international applicants and by mid-December for domestic applicants. 

Selection and decisions

Fellowship selection is made through a university-wide competition by a faculty committee as well as through an allocation of some fellowships to the individual colleges for more localized choice. Fellowship award decisions are released to the graduate programs in mid-February. Students awarded fellowships are notified by the Graduate School in early March.

Criteria

Following is a list of the Graduate School fellowships and eligibility criteria for incoming students. Exceptions to these criteria may be made on a case-by-case basis. It is possible that programs may not be able to nominate every student meeting the Graduate School’s minimal criteria. Please check with your department regarding their specific deadlines and possible additional criteria.

Note about named fellowships

Several Graduate School fellowships each year are designated, named fellowships. These fellowships -- the LaPidus and the Koenigsknect fellowships -- honor the contributions made by two previous deans of the Graduate School. They do not provide additional benefits to the fellows.

Jules B. LaPidus served as dean of the Graduate School from 1974-1984. Roy A. Koenigsknecht served as dean of the Graduate School from 1984-1995.

University Fellowship (UF)

Tenure: 12 consecutive months

Monthly stipend: $1,700

Open to domestic and international students

Eligibility Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale)

A 75th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component. Students taking the GMAT must achieve a 75th percentile on the GMAT total score.                

Distinguished University Fellowship (DUF)

Tenure: First year (autumn through summer) and dissertation year support. The fellow’s graduate program provides support during the intervening years

Monthly stipend: $1,700 for first year

Monthly stipend: $2,125 for dissertation year

Open to domestic and international students 

Eligibility Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale)

A 75th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component. Students taking the GMAT must achieve a 75th percentile on the GMAT total score.     

Admission to a graduate program with the intent of pursuing a Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree  

 Graduate Enrichment Fellowship  

The intent of the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship program is to recruit individuals who will bring diversity to the Graduate School. The Graduate School considers diversity to be a broadly defined concept. Examples of features of an applicant’s file that could satisfy this criterion include, but are not limited to, ethnic background, social or economic disadvantage, nominee status as a McNair Scholar, disability, or other characteristics or attributes that may contribute to the diversity of the Graduate School.

These fellowships provide a monthly stipend, academic tuition and fees for the fellow’s first year of graduate study, and a subsidy of 85% of the student health insurance premiums. These fellowships are nonrenewable and are restricted to U.S. citizens. 

Graduate Enrichment Fellowship (GE)  

Tenure: 12 consecutive months

Monthly stipend: $1,700

Eligibility Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale)

A 40th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing component. Students taking the GMAT must achieve a 40th percentile on the GMAT total score.

Dean’s Graduate Enrichment Fellowship (DGE)   

Tenure: First year (autumn through summer) and dissertation year support. The fellow’s graduate program provides support during the intervening years. 

Monthly stipend: $1,700 for first year

Monthly stipend: $2,125 for dissertation year.

Eligibility Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale)

A 40th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing component. Students taking the GMAT must achieve a 40th percentile on the GMAT total score.

Admission to a graduate program with the intent of pursuing a Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree

Susan L. Huntington* Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship (DDU)

Tenure: First, second, and dissertation year support. The fellow’s graduate program provides support during the intervening years.

Monthly stipend: $2,125

Open to domestic students only

Eligibility Requirements

Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale)

A 75th percentile average on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative components and a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing component. Students taking the GMAT must achieve a 75th percentile on the GMAT total score.     

Admission to a graduate program with the intent of pursuing a Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree

* Susan L. Huntington served as Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School from 1996-2005.

For more information, contact Katherine Eckstrand, director of Fellowship Services, (614) 292-9490.

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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