The Graduate School is pleased to announce the new Diversity Advancement Fellowship. This award is intended to support the recruitment of graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who demonstrate scholarly promise at OSU.

This award—formerly offered separately as the Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship, the Diversity Scholar Recruitment Award, and the Graduate Diversity Recruitment Bonus—has been consolidated into one award and requires only a single nomination for each student.

Award Details

The Graduate School intends to offer up to seven of these fellowships for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. The fellowship details include:

  •  A $5,000 scholarship to support the student’s transition to graduate school and, in some cases, Oregon. Regarding disbursement, the Graduate School will award the scholarship directly to the student’s OSU account in early July. After prior balances, summer term mandatory fees, and OSU’s matriculation fee are covered, the remainder will be provided as a refund to the student.
  • Tuition for three graduate credits during the summer term prior to the student’s fall matriculation. All students must enroll in and successfully complete three-credits of graduate coursework to begin making progress towards their degree and assist with the transition to graduate school. The course(s) must be approved by the student's major advisor or department head and students may enroll in an on-campus or Ecampus course(s) to fulfill these credits. Students may enroll in additional credits at their own expense.
  • A one-time 12-month stipend ($32,000 for doctoral students, $24,000 for master’s students), academic year (fall, winter, spring, and 3 credits in summer) tuition waiver, and $2000 fee subsidy to cover costs associated with mandatory OSU fees. The Graduate School will formally appoint recipients as OSU graduate fellows to allow access to subsidized health insurance under the prevailing graduate assistant/fellow health insurance plan.

To provide ongoing support to the recipient and assist with retention efforts, units are expected to provide financial support (i.e. GTA, GRA, fellowship) to the student for their second year at OSU (fall, winter, and spring terms). Units must provide confirmation of this financial support in their nomination materials.


All nominees must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Student must have been regularly admitted or recommended for graduate study through the domestic student application
  • Student must be a full-time, graduate degree-seeking student in an OSU doctoral program, or in an OSU master’s program where a doctoral degree does not exist at OSU
  • Student must be pursuing their first graduate degree at OSU and starting during the term in which that program commences
  • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or above

In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria outlined above, to be eligible for nomination, each student must meet at least TWO of the criteria outlined below:

  • Student attended a minority-serving institution for at least two years of their undergraduate degree or have a degree conferred from a minority-serving institution, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Student previously participated in a TRIO Program (Educational Opportunity Center, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program)
  • Student previously participated in a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
  • Student previously participated in a summer research program for underrepresented undergraduates
  • Student is the first generation in their family to have attended a four-year institution and attained a bachelor’s degree
  • Student self-identifies as an underrepresented student in ways other than those mentioned above (e.g. veteran, disabled, ethnically diverse) and/or in ways that may be specific to their academic discipline or field

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation of nominations will be based upon:

  • The description as to how the nominee meets the minimum eligibility criteria, as articulated in the nomination letter(s), including supporting documentation
  • The nominee’s scholarly promise and academic and professional strengths, as articulated in the nomination letter(s), including, but not limited to, discussion of the nominee’s past achievements, their specific academic interests at OSU, and their likelihood of contributing to the discipline
  • Strength of the student's statement of academic and professional goals and their alignment with this specific award
  • Quality of the student’s résumé or curriculum vitae
  • The quality and feasibility of the unit’s plan for continued financial support (i.e. GTA, GRA, fellowship) for the student for their second year at OSU (fall, winter, and spring terms)

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2019. All nominations must be submitted by 8 a.m., January 24, 2020. Awards will be determined in February, 2020.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations may be submitted by the student's graduate program director or unit chair/head. Students may not apply directly for this award. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than TWO students (total) per award cycle.

Nomination Form

Submit a nomination

Nomination form overview

In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
"Nominee's Last Name_Department_DiversityAdvancement.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A nominating letter from the unit head/chair/graduate program director describing: (a) the nominee’s eligibility for the award, with specific discussion and supporting documentation, as to which eligibility criteria the nominee meets and how; and (b) a detailed explanation as to how they envision the unit will financially support the student for the remainder of their graduate degree.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the OSU faculty member who will advise the student describing the student’s scholarly promise including, but not limited to, discussion of their past achievements, their specific academic interests at OSU, and their likelihood of contributing to the discipline.
  3. A statement of the student’s academic and professional goals. In the statement, the nominee should specifically discuss how these goals align with the spirit of this specific award and how this award will help them advance their scholarly goals.
  4. A copy of the student’s résumé or curriculum vitae.