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Graduate School Dean's Fellowship

The Graduate School Dean's Fellowship, formerly known as the Distinguished Dissertation Completion Fellowship, awards up to five fellowships annually to doctoral students in the final year of degree work to support superior scholarship that enhances the reputation of their program, department and the University of Cincinnati. 

The recipients of this award are recommended by a faculty committee. The awards are presented spring semester, and each award includes a $20,000 fellowship and a full one-year tuition scholarship.

Upcoming Award Cycle

Eligible students are those with a dissertation committee established and who will have all coursework completed by the beginning of Fall Semester, 2017. The fellowship entails a commitment of two semesters of full-time dissertation work. Thus nominations should not include those who will graduate prior to Spring 2018. Nominations are limited to one from each doctoral program and are made by the graduate program director in consultation with program faculty. The director’s letter of nomination must provide reasonable assurance that the dissertation is proceeding on schedule.

The upcoming award cycle will open November 2016. Nominations will be due to the Graduate School by January 2017. Please direct questions to  

2015 Fellowship Recipients

Elizabeth Brown, Department of Biological Sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Adam Shoaff, Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory, College-Conservatory of Music
Matt Vrazo, Department of Geology, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Ryan Walker, Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology, College of Medicine
Shujie Wang, Department of Geography, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences