The Graduate School is pleased to invite nominations from faculty for the 2019-20 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. We anticipate making up to 30 tuition coverage awards for the 2019-20 academic year.


​Eligible student nominees must be first year, PhD level graduate students who meet diversity enhancement and high-achieving academic criteria. The major professor must be a tenure-track or tenured faculty rank, with priority given to students newly recruited to OSU (first degree at OSU) and nominated by newly hired tenured/tenure-track faculty (hired within last 3 years or later). Students with undergraduate degrees from OSU are eligible as long as they are starting their first graduate degree at OSU.

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.

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.


  • 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 1, 2019.

Recipients will be announced by March 29, 2019

Nomination Form

 Nominations are currently closed for this award.