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Eligibility

Individuals who will be new graduate students at Ohio State in summer or autumn semester of the competition academic year are eligible for nomination. Students who are already enrolled in a graduate program at Ohio State do not meet the eligibility requirements as new students to Ohio State or support the mission of recruiting the most sought after nationally competitive nominees. For programs that are planning to nominate students who were already enrolled in a graduate program beginning spring 2021, this will be the last year for that practice.

Beginning August 2021, The Graduate School will open the nomination system at the start of autumn semester to support programs’ use of College-Allotted Fellowships (CAFs) for early recruitment of students admitted during the 2022 calendar year (i.e., spring 2022, autumn 2022, or summer 2022). For next year only (e.g., students admitted spring 2022), programs can file a petition to the Graduate School for consideration if this causes undue hardship as a transition year.

Eligibility conditions for students nominated for UFP, GEFP, Osmer and Dinius fellowships are summarized in Table 1 below.

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Table 1: Eligibility requirements for nomination of candidates for Graduate School Fellowships
  cGPA Min* Citizenship Eligible Programs Fellowship Years Program Support
University (UF) 3.6 all all 1
Distinguished University (DUF) 3.6 all terminal master's, doctoral 2 4
Susan L. Huntington Dean’s Distinguished University (DDUF) 3.6 all doctoral 3 3
Graduate Enrichment (GE) 3.2 U.S. citizens all 1
Dean's Graduate Enrichment (DGE) 3.2 U.S. citizens terminal master's, doctoral 2 4
Dean's Distinguished Graduate Enrichment (DDGE) 3.2 U.S. citizens doctoral 3 3
Patrick S. Osmer Fellowship 3.1§ U.S. citizens all 2 4
J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship (athletics) 3.0 | all all 1

*  If the cumulative undergraduate GPA of a student fails to meet the minimum cGPA requirement then a waiver or a petition may be requested, and graduate GPA will be considered if applicable.

 Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA (cGPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale, such as 4.5 on a 5.0 scale, 5.4 on a 6.0 scale, etc.); OR First Class rank in a British-based grading system; or overall per-centage of at least 88% for other international percentage graded systems.

 Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale, such as 4.0 on a 5.0 scale, 4.80 on a 6.0 scale, etc.)

§ Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.1 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale, such as 3.875 on a 5.0 scale, 4.65 on a 6.0 scale, etc.)

| Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale, such as 3.75 on a 5.0 scale, 4.5 on a 6.0 scale, etc.)

 Must be a doctoral student (PhD or DMA) or student in a full-time 3-year terminal degree program (e.g., MFA).