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Graduate School Dean's Fellowship

The Graduate School Dean's Fellowship typically awards 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 and sanctioned by the dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Marshall “Chip” Montrose. The awards are presented spring semester, and each award includes a $20,000 fellowship and a full one-year tuition scholarship.

Current Award Cycle

To be eligible for this award, students must have an established dissertation committee and plan to have all coursework completed by the beginning of fall semester 2017. The fellowship requires a commitment of two semesters of full-time dissertation work. Therefore, students who will graduate prior to spring 2018 are not eligible. Students who will be ineligible for university funding in fall 2017 or spring 2018 due to the 174 graduate credit rule are also ineligible for this award.

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.

Nominations will be due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. on December 15, 2016. The programs and nominators are responsible for submitting all requested materials for the fellowship. Programs will NOT be notified if materials are missing and the nominee will NOT be allowed to add anything missing or update materials after the deadline. Announcement of awardees will be made by January 17, 2017. Please direct questions to  

Submission Requirements

  1. Letter of nomination by the graduate program director (as part of the letter, the director must provide reasonable assurance that the dissertation is proceeding on schedule for graduation in the spring 2018 or summer 2018 term).
  2. A recommendation letter from the student’s dissertation chair stating the student’s qualifications for the award and potential for leadership in the discipline.
  3. At least one other letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s academic and creative or research/scholarly accomplishments.
  4. Student submission of a statement (up to two pages) describing creative and/or scholarly accomplishments, especially the significance in the discipline.
  5. A two-page resume that includes current contact information for the student.
  6. Student submission of plans (up to two pages) for the dissertation work during the fellowship year, including (a) approximate date of dissertation defense and graduation term and (b) number of credits still required to complete the degree before the start of academic year 2017–18.
  7. Statement from program providing the student’s total earned graduate credit hours (as of the end of the current semester, 16FS) and the number of credit hours the student is planning to take for the 2017 spring and summer semesters.
  8. A PDF copy of one representative paper given at meetings of the student’s society and/or academic journal publications or other media that features creative work.

Fellowship Responsibilities

  • Register full-time (12 credits or more) for fall and spring semester, 2017-18.
  • Register for ENGL 9010, Interdisciplinary Dissertation Workshop course, by Laura Micciche, preferably in Fall 2017.
  • No teaching or research employment at UC or elsewhere.
  • Preparation and delivery in March or April 2018 of a conference-style paper, performance or exhibition at a seminar or colloquium in the student’s program of study.
  • Acknowledgement of the Graduate School Dean's Fellowship in publications resulting from work done during the fellowship year.

2016 Fellowship Recipients

Alexandre Bádue, Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory, College-Conservatory of Music
Nina Bertaux-Skeirik, Systems Biology and Physiology Graduate Program, College of Medicine
Joshua Eby, Department of Physics, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Siva Nagi Reddy Inturi, Department of Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Mark Mitchell, Department of Biological Sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Valentina Petrolini, Department of Philosophy, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Ruth Pogacar, Business Administration PhD Program, Carl H. Lindner College of Business
Song Shu, Department of Geography, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences