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.

Upcoming Award Cycle

Graduate departments may nominate up to three prospective/incoming students who will start a master's or doctoral program in Fall 2019.

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

  • February 5, 2019, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the first application pool.
  • March 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the second application pool.
  • April 12, 2019, at 5 p.m. to be considered in the third application pool.

Recipients will be announced by February 26 (first application pool), March 25 (second application pool), and May 7 (third application pool). Student who are nominated for an application pool, but do not receive an award, may be nominated for the next application pool. For the third application pool, priority will be given to applicants who have not accepted admission to UC.

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

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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
  • 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.

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