The Graduate School is using a new process in an effort to minimize negotiations between OSU and the sponsoring agency. Wherever possible, we will request detailed funding information for each applicant from the respective Fulbright Placement Officer before forwarding the academic pre-evaluation to the graduate program. This will give departments a better idea of the cost-share expected. Once the graduate program has decided to accept the student, they will submit the DAFA with information regarding the departmental cost-share offer. Information regarding acceptance and cost-share will then be sent to the Fulbright Placement Officer. Upon approval of the cost-share offer from the Fulbright Placement Officer, the letter of admission will be issued.
The type of funding (OSU cost-share) necessary may vary depending on the sponsoring agency, the student’s country of origin and the individual applicant.
To address these funding challenges and to streamline the process, we are offering the following three funding options for 2022-2023:
Appointment Level for 2022-2023:
OSU allows the Alternatively-Funded Graduate Fellowship Program as a mechanism for a number of externally funded fellowships that students receive. If students can meet up to the minimum stipend rate and have guaranteed tuition support, they can be put on a graduate fellowship appointment.
While on appointment, students receive the resident tuition rate (already guaranteed as part of the Fulbright cost-share agreement) and they and their dependents are eligible for the subsidized Graduate Employee Health Plan.
For 2022-23, the Graduate School (Nick Fleury) will issue and process the appointment. We will use the academic unit’s top-up letters (stipend support and/or tuition support) that were provided as part of the admissions process as a financial guarantee to set up the appointments.
Given the admissions and immigrations requirements for Fulbright-sponsored students, these letters must be reviewed by Belinda Barnes, Director of Enrollment Management Operations, prior to issuance. This review may include comments, updated language requirements, or multi-year offer language, subject to the needs of the student.
To expedite this process, please route these letters of offer as follows in DocuSign:
Reminder: Students can be under the alternatively-funded fellowship one term and be appointed as a graduate assistant in another term. These cannot be simultaneous appointments, but you can alternate terms between appointment types; Nick will need to know the terms that students are on the fellowship because he will handle the letter of appointment as well as the processing of the appointment. Graduate assistantship appointments for one or more terms must be handled through HR/Benny Hire processes under the academic unit.
Acceptance without institutional funding offer is an option.
Length of funding needed for admission and issuance of visa documents for Fulbright students:
(Some programs may be permitted to provide funding for only two or four years, respectively, if they can document that the degree can be completed in that time.)
Marigold Holmes | Office of International Services Assistant Director for Sponsored Student Programs
Patrick McBrien | Graduate School International Admissions Coordinator
Nick Fleury | Graduate School Director of Financial Support
Marit Legler | Graduate School Special Programs Enrollment Manager