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.


*It is the Graduate School’s policy that when nominating current undergraduates for Graduate School awards, the nominees must:

  1. have submitted/completed an application for graduate admission (with the exception of transcripts and other documents that are not yet available), and
  2. be considered regularly admissible with respect to OSU’s minimum academic admissions requirements.

Nomination Deadline

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

Nomination Form

 Nominations are currently closed for this award.