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. The Graduate College provides 25 fellowships per year to incoming master's and doctoral students. 

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. Yates Fellows are also offered the GSHI award for graduate assistants and fellows, which covers 100% of the single-student UC Student Health Insurance costs.

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, on the Saturday prior to the start of fall classes. 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 annually, for every year they receive Yates funding. New and revised/updated IDPs will typically be due to the Graduate College in spring semester, in early April. Once the fellow has exhausted all Yates funding, they are encouraged, but no longer required, to submit an annual IDP to the Graduate College.

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

Upcoming Award Cycle

Information about the 2024-25 award cycle will be published in December.