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Critical Dates and Deadlines

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Graduate students must register for at least one graduate credit each academic year to maintain graduate student status. This graduate credit must be offered by UC and must contribute to degree requirements as determined by the student's graduate program. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's website for registration policies and procedures

Fall 2015 Registration & Term Calendar
Registration for Graduate Students begins March 7, 2015
Classes begin August 24
Late registration fees begin August 24
Last day to add classes online August 30
Last day to change credit hours or change credit to audit/audit to credit     September 8
Last day to drop (no entry to academic record) September 8
Last day to withdraw from classes* October 30
Doctoral Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony December 11
Final Grades Due at 5:00 p.m. December 16

*Important notice regarding withdrawals and financial aid: Students who completely withdraw from classes (through successive dropping of courses until they are no longer registered or in a complete withdrawal from all courses at once) are subject to the Return of Title IV refund calculation as dictated by federal regulations.  Prior to withdrawing from one or more classes, review the Office of Student Financial Aid's Return of Federal (Title IV) Financial Aid information page.
   

Graduation Dates and Deadlines

First day to apply for graduation for Fall (15FS) May 11, 2015
First day to apply for graduation for Spring (16SS) August 24
Absolute last day to apply for graduation for Fall (15FS) September 15
Electronic Submission of Thesis/Dissertation Due (Thesis and Doctoral Students) for Fall (15FS)  November 12
Doctoral Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony (Fall) December 11
All grades and grade changes for graduation due for Fall (15FS)  December 16
First day to apply for graduation for Summer (16US) January 11, 2016
Absolute last day to apply for graduation for Spring (16SS) January 29
Electronic Submission of Thesis/Dissertation Due (Thesis and Doctoral Students) for Spring (16SS) March 31
Doctoral Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony (Spring) April 29
All grades and grade changes for graduation due  for Spring (16SS) May 4
Absolute last day to apply for graduation for Summer (16US) May 27
Electronic Submission of Thesis/Dissertation Due (Thesis and Doctoral Students) for Summer (16US) July 21
Doctoral Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony (Summer) tentative date August 6 
All grades and grade changes for graduation due for Summer (16US) August 10

 

University of Cincinnati Awards

Graduate School Funding and Awards

2015
First day for programs to nominate students for CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition May 1
CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations due to Graduate School by 5 p.m. July 1
First day for programs to nominate students for MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award August 19
First day for programs to nominate teaching assistants (master's and doctoral students) for the Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award September 7
MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award nominations due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. October 2
Graduate Assistant Excellence in Teaching Award nominations due to college contact October 15
Excellence in Teaching winners announced November 16
First day for programs to nominate doctoral students for the Graduate School Dean's Fellowship November 23
2016
Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship nominations due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. January 18
First day for students and faculty to nominate a graduate faculty member for the Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award February 2
Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship recipients announced February 17
Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students nominations due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. March 9
Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students awardee announced March 30
CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award nominations due to the Graduate School by 5 p.m. June 13

 
 

GSGA Awards Deadlines

Only students who are members of a properly registered and active GSA group are eligible for GSGA (Graduate Student Governance Association) awards. More information about these awards is available at the GSGA website.

  • Presenter Conference Travel Award (CTA)
    A student can receive a maximum of $400 in conference related travel awards from GSGA in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
    Each applicant must complete a Travel Authorization (TA) form and submit it to the GSGA office before traveling. The applicant then must submit the required paperwork and receipts to the GSGA office within 14 calendar days of the end of the conference. Late submissions will be rejected.
     
  • Non-Presenter Conference Travel Award (CTA)
    A student who attends a conference, but does not present or perform, may receive a maximum of $100 to cover conference related travel. 
    Each applicant must complete a Travel Authorization (TA) form and submit it to the GSGA office before traveling. The applicant then must submit the required paperwork and receipts to the GSGA office within 14 calendar days of the end of the conference. Late submissions will be rejected. 
     
  • Research Fellowship
    The Research Fellowship is a competitive award designed to assist individual graduate students in obtaining funds to further their research endeavors. Students may use the Research Fellowship to fund travel related to their research or purchase consumables or other research-related materials. The fall 2015 deadline for submission of the Research Fellowship Application has not yet been announced.
     

Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Awards Funding

The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center provides competitive research support for tenure-track faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in 13 UC departments: Africana Studies; Anthropology; Economics; English and Comparative Literature; German Studies; History; Judaic Studies; Mathematical Sciences; Philosophy; Political Science; Romance Languages and Literatures; Sociology; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

  • Graduate Travel: Oct. 1, 2014; Mar. 2, 2015. Highest priority will be given to doctoral candidates or to master's candidates in departments without a doctoral program. Other students may apply but will be assigned a lower priority. The maximum grant allowable is $500. 
     
  • Graduate Enrichment: Nov. 3, 2014. Taft Graduate Enrichment Awards support graduate students registered in a Taft disciplines, in research projects that will significantly advance their degree program. Individual or joint applications are accepted.
     
  • Dissertation Fellowship: Feb. 2, 2015. Fourteen full-year fellowships of $17,500 each are available for advanced doctoral students in Taft departments. The Taft Research Center provides a scholarship to accompany each fellowship.
     
  • Graduate Assistantship: Mar. 2, 2015. The assistantship carries a full scholarship and $15,000 stipend. Any full-time graduate student in a Taft department is eligible, although it is preferred that the student is at the individual research stage of his/her program for maximum work schedule flexibility.
     
  • Graduate Residential Fellowship: TBA. This fellowship provides Taft Graduate Students with the opportunity to pursue their research, while residing in an intellectual community of scholars and peers. This fellowship provides rent free residence at Taft House at Stratford Heights, a full tuition scholarship and a $17,500 research fellowship.
     
  • Graduate Summer Fellowships: Mar. 2, 2015. Graduate Summer Fellowships provide up to $3,000 in support for graduate students conducting focused research projects, supervised by a faculty mentor. Grants are expected to culminate in a presentation or journal submission.
     

External Funding

Fulbright Fellowship Deadlines

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides a grant to fund students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to conduct research projects in another country. For grant criteria and eligibility requirements, visit the Graduate School's Fulbright page. See http://us.fulbrightonline.org/ for additional information. 

Should you decide to submit a Fulbright application, please work closely with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards in order to build the best application possible prior to the campus deadline.

2016-2017 Competition Timeline
  • Online application opens: May 2015 
  • UC campus deadline: August 31, 2015
  • Online application deadline: October 2015
  • Final selection notification: March-May, 2016
     

NSF GRFP Award Deadlines

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Fellows are awarded a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. See the Graduate School's NSF GRFP webpage for more information. 

ACLS Fellowships Deadlines

ACLS is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Visit www.acls.org/programs/comps/ for the full list of 2014-15 competition deadlines.