Financial Aid for Graduate Students

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There are two primary forms of Financial Aid available to graduate students beyond the normal federal or private loans and scholarships: Fellowships and Associateships. Complete information on costs and financial support can be found on the university’s Graduate and Professional Admissions web site.

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Fellowships

The Graduate School’s fellowship programs are designed to help our Design graduate program recruit highly qualified new students to advance the excellence of graduate education at Ohio State. A competitive process is held annually to nominate and award Graduate School fellowships through the University Fellowship program and the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship program. They provide a monthly stipend and payment of resident and non-resident tuition and fees. They are regarded as the most prestigious form of support awarded to graduate students.

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Fellowship Consideration Deadlines

01 DEC | Complete International Fellowship Applications Due 
06 JAN | Complete Domestic Fellowship Applications Due
06-10 MAR | Fellowship Award Notifications

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University Fellowship

Graduate School Fellowships are awarded to those applicants who show outstanding scholarly accomplishment and the most outstanding potential for graduate study. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale). Both Domestic and International applicants are eligible for nomination. The GRE is not required for Design Applicants.

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Graduate Enrichment Fellowship

The intent of the Graduate Enrichment Fellowships are to recruit individuals who will bring diversity to the Graduate School. The Graduate School considers diversity to be a broadly defined concept. Examples of features of an applicant’s file that could satisfy this criterion include, but are not limited to, ethnic background, social or economic disadvantage, nominee status as a McNair Scholar, disability, or other characteristics or attributes that may contribute to the diversity of the Graduate School. 

To be considered for a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship candidates must be a US citizen and have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale). The GRE is not required for Design Applicants. 

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Associateships

A limited number of department-funded Graduate Associateships are available each year. They provide a monthly stipend and payment of resident and non-resident tuition and fees with the requirement of 20 hours weekly teaching or research-related responsibilities. As well, graduate associates working for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a full tuition and fee authorization during the immediately following summer session. Responsibilities are assigned by the Department Chairperson and the graduate associate's immediate supervisor. 

The GA titles for these assignments are:

  • Graduate Research Associate (GRA) - working on research projects with graduate faculty
  • Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) - teaching undergraduate courses
  • Graduate Administrative Associate (GAA) - administrative work in office, lab, or shop facilities
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Qualifications

If you are interested in the above opportunities, please describe areas of competency, experience, or justification in regard to your request for either a Fellowship or Graduate Associateship on the Department’s online application system (under Financial Aid Interests, Qualifications). For Graduate Associateship interest, please describe any relevant experience indicating preparedness for teaching undergraduate courses.

Answering with a specific interest in one type of opportunity does not disqualify you from consideration for others.