University Merit-Based Graduate Awards
The University of Cincinnati offers several types of merit-based graduate awards. The three most common types—GIA, GAS, and fellowships—are described on their respective pages. Most university graduate awards are underwritten by university funds allocated by the Graduate College to each college, which are then awarded to students by the individual programs. Some awards are competitive and granted by the Graduate College upon recommendation of an individual graduate program.
Not all graduate students are eligible for graduate awards. Graduate awards allocated by the Graduate College are not available to students:
- taking classes as visiting students,
- enrolled only in a graduate certificate program,
- who have not maintained the minimum GPA of 3.000 in their program,
- who are on academic probation, or
- who have exceeded the 174 graduate credit rule.
Awards can only be guaranteed for a maximum period of one academic year, and renewal of a university graduate award is not automatic. Awards that are appointed by individual programs are awarded to eligible students at the sole discretion of the program. Programs are not obligated to renew awards, even if previously awarded students met all eligibility requirements.