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The Graduate School provides strategic leadership for graduate education at Ohio State by ensuring high standards for graduate programs and supporting the effective recruitment, retention, and support of excellent graduate students. In alignment with the vision and mission of the Graduate School, the Graduate School’s fellowship programs are designed to help graduate programs recruit highly qualified students to the Ohio State Graduate School and to advance the excellence of graduate education at Ohio State.

Graduate School fellowships provide one or more years of stipend, tuition, and fees for partial support to the program and the student towards completion of their terminal degree. Students in two-year terminal master’s programs are only eligible for one-year fellowships; students in doctoral or three-year terminal master’s degrees may be awarded multi-year fellowships. Fellowship years run for three consecutive semesters, autumn semester through summer semester or summer semester through spring semester. No portion of the fellowship year may be deferred.

A competitive process is held annually to award Graduate School fellowships through the University Fellowship program (UF) and the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship program (GE). A decentralized, college-driven process - the Graduate School College-Allotted Fellowship Program (CAF) and Early Offer Inclusive Excellence Fellowships (EOIE) - are also held annually. The Graduate School also administers separate competitions for the Patrick S. Osmer Fellowship (for SROP and McNair Scholars), the ENGIE-Axium Fellowships, and the J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship (athletics).

For multi-year fellowships, funding after the first year is contingent on maintenance of good academic standing (Graduate School Handbook 5.1) and reasonable progress (Graduate School Handbook 5.4) towards the doctoral or three-year terminal degree.

All Graduate School Fellowships:

  • Provide a monthly stipend (Appendix D)
  • Pay a student’s instructional fees and most general fees
  • Pay learning technology fees
  • Pay resident or nonresident tuition
  •  Provide the 85% university subsidy of the Student Health Insurance premium

This publication provides the guidelines for the 2022-2023 academic year. All aspects of the Fellowship program, including eligibility requirements, allocation formulas, nomination, evaluation, and award processes are under review for future cycles.