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Provost's Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

  Nomination Deadline is February 3, 2014 at 5:00PM. Nominations will only be accepted from department or program heads. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit one nomination per graduate major for the 2014-15 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and one nomination per graduate major for the 2014-15 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program. Both domestic and international doctoral applicants will be considered. Only nominations submitted by the deadline will be accepted. See Nomination Form below.   Contact Us with Any Questions.  

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the continuation of the centrally administered fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at OSU.  The target population is newly admitted doctoral students and newly admitted master’s students in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist.  Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit one nomination per graduate major for the 2014-15 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and one nomination per graduate major for the 2014-15 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program.  

Objective

The Provost has designated funds for graduate fellowship stipends and recruitment bonus scholarships to recruit students of the highest quality and to raise the profile of graduate education at OSU.  The Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program provides prestigious university fellowships for one year only, which will be comprised of twelve-month stipends, plus tuition scholarships and subsidized health insurance.  Fellowship nominations will be accepted on behalf of newly recruited and admitted doctoral students and research/creative master’s degree students in which a doctoral degree program does not exist.  Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program will provide one time, academic year scholarship awards for recruiting purposes.  Awards will be made to students who will be newly admitted to an OSU graduate program for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Provost’s Fellowship/Scholarship program is first and foremost a recruitment tool.  The nomination package must include a description of the recruitment activities used to identify the nominee as a candidate for the graduate program; this information will be used in the evaluation of the nomination.  

We expect a highly competitive pool of applications for this opportunity, and therefore do not anticipate a second call competition for this award for the 2014-15 award year.

Fellowship Details

Fellowships will include a twelve-month stipend of $30,000 for doctoral students and $22,000 for master’s students, to be distributed in four equal quarterly installments during the year. In addition to the stipend, the fellowship will provide an academic year tuition waiver through a tuition relief scholarship to cover the cost of 12 credits, plus a supplemental scholarship to cover the cost for enrollment in three graduate credits during summer term. Recipients will be formally appointed as OSU graduate fellows to allow access to subsidized health insurance under the prevailing graduate assistant/fellow health insurance plan. Fellowships will be administered by the Graduate School.

Scholarship Details

Scholarships will be one-time awards of $6,000 for doctoral students and $4,000 for master’s students, which will be distributed in three equal quarterly installments during the academic year.  Scholarships will be administered by the Graduate School.  These awards are to be separate from and in addition to a full year departmental assistantship offered to incoming students.   

Fellowship and Scholarship Nominations:  Both domestic and international doctoral applicants will be considered as well as master’s applicants in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. program does not exist.  Each program may submit one fellowship nomination and one scholarship nomination.

Nomination Deadline is February 3, 2014 at 5:00PM
Applications will not be accepted unless submitted to the web application by the deadline.

Selection

The Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship Selection Committee will be established and convened by the Graduate Dean.  The Committee will select nominees based on academic achievement as indicated by grade point average, GRE, TOEFL, and other test scores, publications, presentations, awards and honors, contribution to diversity, and/or other professional activity.  Additional considerations will be the nominating program's alignment with the university's strategic plan, the nominating program's achievement of the President's Academic System Guidelines, the potential impact that an award would have on strengthening and building the degree program, and recruiting activities as described in the nomination package.

It is anticipated that award decisions will be announced by March 7, 2014

Early Selection based on Exceptional Merit (Fellowships only)

Graduate programs are encouraged to submit applications for Fellowships for Early Selection based on Exceptional Merit.  Nominations will be evaluated as they are received; if a nominee is judged to be Exceptional, the graduate program will be notified as soon as possible (our goal is within a week of the nomination being received in the Graduate School). 

The deadline for submittal for Early Selection is January 6, 2014.  Those nominees submitted and considered for Early Selection but not selected for an award at this time will remain in the general candidate pool and will be evaluated after the February 3, 2014 deadline.  Exceptional nominees will be evaluated against the criteria given below, all of which must be included in the nomination form:

  1. GPA of 3.70 or better on last 90 hours of undergraduate coursework or a GPA of 3.80 or better on all coursework since the bachelor's degree.
  2. GRE verbal percentile of 80% or better.
  3. GRE quantitative percentile of 80% or better.
  4. GRE analytical writing score of 5.0 or better.
  5. One identified piece of original, high-impact scholarship or creative activity as appropriate to the discipline - describe impact of the scholarship/activity.
  6. One identified prestigious award or honor - describe significance of the award.

Only nominees meeting all of the above requirements will be considered for Early Selection.