Graduate Dean's Excellence Scholarship

The mission of the Graduate Dean's Excellence Scholarship is to enrich the educational environment for all graduate students at the University of Cincinnati through encouraging a greater diversity of ideas, cultures and people at the university. The scholarship has a high priority to support diversity in graduate programs through the recruitment of U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success in UC doctoral programs. This incentive award program provides a one-time supplemental scholarship award of $3000 to students beginning a doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati in Fall Semester 2022.

Current Application Cycle

Completed nominations from graduate programs for qualified students will be accepted on a rolling basis. There is no limit on the number of nominations a program may submit.

Application Process

  1. Graduate programs nominate a full-time, UC graduate student starting a doctoral program Fall Semester 2022 (taking a minimum of 12 graduate credits).
  2. The nomination packet will only be accepted electronically. Programs must fill out a one-page nomination form (DOCX) and submit it to the Graduate School Fellows email ( 
  3. Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the associate dean and the dean of the Graduate School. Please allow 2–3 weeks for the committee to review the application and make a decision.
  4. Programs will be notified of selection. The Graduate School will provide the program with the Excellence Scholarship offer letter to include with the program's offer of admission and full-time tuition scholarship.


  • Students must not be current or previous UC graduate students
  • Students must be entering their first UC doctoral program in fall semester
  • Students must be offered a full-time tuition scholarship by the admitting program
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of nomination


Diversity can be defined in many ways, and we consider all those definitions as being high priority for the award. This includes students of ethnicities underrepresented in the nominating program, such as:

African American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Latino/a or Hispanic American
Native American/Alaskan Native

Awards will be made on the basis of:

High potential for academic achievement*
The strength of the department’s recommendation
The nominee’s graduate application
Ability to increase student diversity

*Potential may be measured by past academic performance, demonstrated skills, outstanding accomplishment, tenacious attitude and/or other qualities deemed appropriate by the selection committee.  

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