The Graduate School is pleased to invite nominations from faculty for the 2017-18 Diversity Scholar Recruitment Award. The purpose of this award is to support inclusiveness in graduate programs, to recruit and retain students from divergent and non-traditional backgrounds, and to enrich the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives.

The Diversity Scholar Recruitment Award will provide tuition waiver and remission budget from the Graduate School in support of fully-funded (.49 FTE or equivalent level Fellowship) academic year appointments at the level of a Graduate Fellow (preferred) or Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship.  Eligible student nominees must be first year, PhD level graduate students who meet diversity enhancement and high-achieving academic criteria.  Priority will be given to students newly recruited to OSU (first degree at OSU) and nominated by newly hired tenured/tenure-track faculty (hired to position 2012-13 or later). Students with undergraduate degrees from OSU are eligible as long as they are starting their first graduate degree at OSU.

For each student award, faculty/units must appoint student to an academic year (9 month) Graduate Fellowship or GRA/GTA appointment (.49 FTE).  If selected for an award, the Graduate School will provide an academic year tuition waiver scholarship for a Graduate Fellowship appointment, OR provide equivalent funding to the department via budget transfer of an academic year tuition remission for a Graduate Assistant.  Appointments will be made and administered by the individual units receiving the awards. Individual faculty may submit two student nominations.

Baseline Eligibility

  • Student is starting their first graduate degree at OSU, regularly-admitted, degree-seeking, PhD-level, with preference given to students newly recruited to OSU (first degree at OSU).

  • The major professor must be a tenure-track or tenured faculty rank, with preference given to newly-hired, assistant/associate professors (hired 2012-13 and later).

  • The student will be appointed as a Graduate Fellow or GRA/GTA in the program.
  • We anticipate making up to 30 tuition coverage awards.


  • Appointments can be Graduate Fellowships or GAs; Graduate Fellowships are preferred. Appointments will be administered by the unit/programs.  

  • Units can fund Graduate Fellowship stipends from any index that is allowed to be used for fellowship or scholarship support (endowed or non-endowed; discretionary, gift) and that will allow a tuition waiver from a separate funding source.

  • GRA/GTA appointments can be from any unit/program source allowable, including unsponsored department research.

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00pm on February 3, 2017.

Nomination Form