The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus Program. The purpose of the program is to advance inclusiveness in graduate education, to enrich the academic environment by embracing a broad range of perspectives, and to prepare students for their future roles as leaders in a diverse society.

The program is designed to augment recruitment-based assistantship and fellowship offers to incoming graduate students with meritorious records and demonstrated potential for graduate study by offering bonuses to students from divergent and/or nontraditional backgrounds. This award provides recruitment scholarships of $5,000 for the first academic year of graduate study. Programs may submit only one nomination for this award.


Scholarship nominations will be evaluated by a committee and determined by the Graduate Dean based on the following:

Part A

Nominees must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  2. Meritorious academic achievement and leadership potential as reflected in grade point average, GRE or other test scores, publications, presentations, awards/honors, and/or other professional activity;
  3. Status as a first-time OSU graduate degree-seeking student in any graduate field for the approaching academic year (OSU baccalaureate recipients may be eligible);
  4. Documented offer of departmental or program support equivalent to a 0.49 FTE graduate assistantship or fellowship at the Graduate School's prevailing recommended minimum stipend level for the award period.

Part B

In addition to Part A, nominees must meet at least two of the following diversity enhancement-based criteria:

  1. Previously participated in a TRIO Program (Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program);
  2. Previously participated in a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP);
  3. Previously attended a minority-serving institution;
  4. Primary language is other than English;
  5. Documented financial need (based upon FAFSA application process for the proposed award period) with consideration of low income status;
  6. First generation to attend a university;
  7. Previously participated in a summer research opportunity program for underserved undergraduates;
  8. Demonstrated engagement with communities that are underrepresented in higher education and an ability to bring this experience to the learning environment;
  9. Interest in using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 1, 2019. Recipients will be announced by March 29, 2019.

Nomination Form