Yates Fellowship Program

The mission of the 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. Application portfolios should be completed as early as possible in order for the applicant's program to evaluate their eligibility.

Current Award Cycle

The upcoming award cycle will open on December 12, 2016. Graduate departments may nominate up to three prospective/incoming students who will start a master's or doctoral program in Fall 2017.

The Graduate School will offer four rounds of applications. Nomination packets are due by:

  • January 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the first application pool.
  • February 27, 2017, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the second application pool.
  • April 132017, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the third application pool.
  • May 25, 2017, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the fourth application pool.

Recipients will be announced by February 16 (first application pool), March 17 (second application pool), May 1 (third application pool) and June 15 (fourth application pool). Student who are nominated for an application pool, but do not receive an award, will automatically be considered for the next application pool. For the third and fourth application pools, priority will be given to applicants who have not accepted admission to UC.  

Please direct questions to megan.tischner@uc.edu.   


Incoming, full-time* students are nominated by their departments. Documentation of underrepresentation is necessary.

*12 or more credit hours

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 written statement
  • Nominee's status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Underrepresentation of nominee's ethnicity within the program

**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 megan.tischner@uc.edu.

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Please be aware that financial awards that require no service may reduce eligibility for educational loans. Contact the Student Financial Aid Office for more information.