Albert C. Yates Fellowship Program

The mission of the Albert C. Yates Fellowship Program at the University of Cincinnati is to enrich the educational environment for all graduate students by supporting the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with high potential for academic success to graduate programs at the University of Cincinnati.

This award requires program nomination; students cannot directly apply. It is strongly recommended, though, that students identify their eligibilty to their future program. (Please visit the program finder website for program contact information.) Application portfolios should be completed as early as possible in order for the applicant's program to evaluate their eligibility.

Please contact the Yates Fellowship email ( with questions.

Fellowship Benefits and Responsibilities

The Yates Fellowship Program provides stipend funding for fellows, which is spread over multiple years and is in addition to any funding provided by the graduate program. Doctoral students receive a total of $25,000 in stipend funds from the Yates Fellowship Program, and master's students receive $20,000. The nominating graduate program determines the disbursement schedule for these funds. 

As part of nominating a student for the Yates Fellowship Program, the graduate program devises a mentoring and academic support plan for the applicant. All Yates fellows enter their graduate program with a designated "Yates mentor" and a clear plan to support the fellow from matriculation to graduation.

First year fellows are required to attend monthly professional development meetings with their fellow Yates and Provost Graduate Fellows (class schedule permitting). The first required meeting will be a half-day fellowship orientation, scheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021. The Yates Fellowship Program also hosts social events to allow fellows to get to know and network with each other in a more casual setting. (These social events are optional to attend.)

First year fellows are also required to complete and submit an Individual Development Plan by the end of Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022.  Fellows in their second year and beyond are encouraged (but not required) to update their IDP on an annual basis.  

Yates Fellows are provided access to additional funds to defray some of the cost of Student Health Insurance. Student who purchase this university-supplied insurance receive up to $1,000/year for multiple years (3 years for doctoral students, 2 years for master's students). When this benefit is combined with the GSHI award for graduate assistants and fellows, the yearly cost of the single-student health insurance coverage is negligible.

Current Award Cycle

Graduate departments may nominate up to three prospective/incoming students who will start a master's or doctoral program in Fall 2021.

Selection Round Dates

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the application dates and deadlines have been extended

  • Round 1: Applications due to Graduate School (via Slate form) by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17. Round 1 recipients will now be announced March 8.
  • Round 2: Applications due to Graduate School (via Slate form) by 11:59 p.m. on March 15. Round 2 recipients will now be announced April 5.
  • Round 3: Applications due to Graduate School (via Slate form) by 11:59 p.m. on April 14. Round 3 recipients will now be announced May 5.


Incoming, full-time (12 or more credit hours) students are nominated by their departments. Documentation of underrepresentation within the program is necessary.

Selection Criteria

  • Nominee's potential for academic achievement*
  • Strength of the program's recommendation
  • Strength of the program's plan for academic, financial and mentoring support of the nominee, including a timeline and proposal for the use of Yates funding
  • Nominee's application materials (including the Yates student statement)
  • Nominee's status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Nominee's status as a new graduate student at UC (students who attended UC as undergraduate students are still eligible)
  • Underrepresentation of nominee's ethnicity within the program (nominating programs must document that the student's demographic origin is underrepresented within the graduate program to the satisfaction of the selection committee)

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

Please direct questions to the Yates Fellowship email ( with questions.