Graduate Fellowships at OSU are formalized appointments with specific policies and requirements. Some competitive and external awards do not meet all requirements to directly qualify as a fellowship appointment through OSU. However, it is the intent of the institution to ensure that an incentive remains for graduate students to seek competitive graduate fellowship support and for graduate fellows to be recognized and honored for the distinction that they bring to themselves and to the university as a result of their success.
In 2018, OSU developed a program to appoint Alternatively-Funded Graduate Fellowships. These fellows are supported by varying sources to meet minimum stipend and tuition support requirements, as outlined in Graduate Fellowship Policies.
Upon appointment, these alternatively-funded fellows will have tuition charged at the resident rate and will be eligible for the subsidized Graduate Employee Health Plan for the appointed fellow and respective dependents.
In order to meet appointment requirements, the department of the graduate student must use internal resources to meet missing fellowship requirements.
When a graduate student is supported by external funding sources that do not meet the following requirements for the definition of a graduate fellow:
 Be awarded a graduate fellowship and/or traineeship with a stipend that is administered in part or in full by Oregon State University, and that throughout the fellowship award period meets or exceeds the prevailing recommended minimum rate for .49 FTE graduate appointments as established annually by the Graduate School; and
 Be awarded a graduate fellowship and/or traineeship that provides funding for the cost of the minimum required tuition enrollment. The student may still be appointed through the Alternatively-Funded Graduate Fellowship Program. In order to qualify for the program, the funding support for the student must be:
In order to satisfy fellowship appointment requirements, the department and/or college of the graduate student must provide documentation to meet  and  above:
Upon department/college verification of meeting OSU Graduate Fellowship Requirements, including supplementary resources, if needed, to meet fellowship requirements  and :