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 minoritized 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 selection; 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 and for more information about fellowship eligibility.

Fellowship Benefits and Responsibilities

Starting with 2024-25 academic year awards, the Graduate College will provide each Yates fellow with stipend funds in the amount of $10,000 per year, over 9 months (fall to spring), for up to 2 years for a master’s student, and up to 4 years for a doctoral student. These funds are in addition to any funding provided by the graduate degree program. Yates Fellows are guaranteed to receive a Graduate Scholarship (GS) tuition award from their graduate degree program, for 4 academic years for doctoral students and 2 academic years for master’s students. 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.

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.)

Yates 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.