Fellowship Award Conditions

A Graduate School fellowship is a financial award made by the university directly to a graduate student to provide support during a portion of the graduate degree program. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit through university-wide competitions without respect to financial need. Graduate fellows cannot be required to perform a service in return for receiving a stipend.

Graduate School fellowship offers apply exclusively to graduate study in the program identified in the letter of offer. Any change in a student’s enrollment status, including entry into a combined program or transfer to another program, must be approved by the Graduate School and appropriate graduate program(s) prior to that change, and could result in the loss of the fellowship and/or full fee authorization support.

Requirements

Summary, GA and Fellow Appointment Dates and Requirements

  • Fellowship students must be in attendance on the Columbus campus and be pursuing a graduate degree in the program specified in the fellowship award letter from the dean of the Graduate School. Exceptions to the residency requirement might include language study or research at another institution, but fellowship students must continue to enroll for a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours each autumn and spring semester and 6 credit hours over the summer session at Ohio State. Fellows must be in attendance when classes are in session. Any exception must be requested and approved as explained
  • Fellowship students must carry a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours autumn and spring semester and 6 credit hours over the summer session on appointment as a graduate fellow. Fellows must also maintain good academic standing in the Graduate School and make reasonable progress toward the graduate degree. Any exception must be requested and approved as explained below. 
  • Fellows are expected to devote full-time attention to their academic studies. Therefore, fellows may not hold other types of employment/appointments/awards, such as graduate associateships, fellowships, and/or traineeships. Any requests for an exception to the conditions of the fellowship must be submitted, in writing, by the graduate studies chair (GSC) in the fellow’s graduate program to Associate Dean Scott Herness in the Graduate School. The GSC and fellow will be notified in writing as to the outcome of the request.
  • The Graduate School reserves the right to terminate fellowship support before the end of the award period if conditions of the fellowship are not maintained.
Tuition and fees

The Graduate School authorizes the payment of resident and nonresident tuition, the general fees, and learning technology fee for its fellows, with the following exceptions:

  • Late fees: Fellows are responsible for any late registration penalty and late fee payment penalty if the late fee payment is the result of inappropriate registration (e.g., less than the minimum credit hours of enrollment).
  • Withdrawal/disenrollment costs: If a fellow chooses to leave (withdraw) from the university or is suspended or dismissed, he or she will be billed for the prorated value of the tuition and fees used during the quarter of withdrawal. The prorated value is based on the university’s tuition and fee refund schedule. For example, if a non-funded student withdraws from the university during the second week of the semester, that student would be eligible for an 80% refund of tuition and fees paid. Fellows do not pay tuition and fees, so former fellows would be responsible for the 20% of the tuition and fees forfeited by the Graduate School because of their withdrawal.

If withdrawal or disenrollment is being considered, please contact Fellowship Services, (614) 292-9490, or gsfellowship@osu.edu to discuss the timing and possible forfeiture fees.

Appointment/stipend

Fellowship support is available for a maximum of 12 consecutive months and is nonrenewable. All stipends are paid electronically. The stipend will be available on the last working day of each month. If the fellow leaves the fellowship early, the stipend will be prorated to reflect the date of departure.

A monthly stipend of $1,700 is paid on the last working day of each month. The Dean's Distinguished University Fellowship monthly stipend is $2,125.  The monthly stipend for the dissertation year of the Distinguished University and Dean’s Graduate Enrichment Fellowships as well as the Presidential Fellowship is also $2,125. 

Tenure for the academic year is September 1, through May 30. Summer support is available and cannot be deferred.  Tenure for the summer is June 1, through August 31.

Excellence bonus

An annual supplement of $3,000 ($333.33 per month over nine months, September through May) will be paid to new, incoming fellows admitted to a doctoral program identified as a High-Quality Doctoral Program or a Strong Doctoral Program in the Doctoral Program Assessment and Plan (Graduate School, April 2008). The supplement is paid by the Graduate School to each fellowship awardee for four consecutive years and may not be used to meet the standard stipend level established by the graduate program for fellows, graduate associates, or trainees (i.e., the graduate program is expected to provide its funding at its standard stipend level). 

Benefits

Student health insurance: Graduate fellows are eligible for the University Insurance Premium Contribution if they elect to purchase the student health insurance. The university contributes 85% of the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan. The fellow’s portion of the student health insurance will be divided into equal payments that will be deducted from the monthly fellowship stipend. Graduate fellowships are non-service appointments, and, as such, fellows are not eligible for worker’s compensation or disability insurance.

Parking permits: Graduate fellows may purchase a staff, rather than the student, parking permit. Information regarding staff "B" parking status is available from CampusParc.

Library: Graduate fellows have staff library privileges.

Expenses not covered by fellowship

Room and board, application fee, books, equipment, lab fees, parking, the student’s portion of the student health insurance, COTA bus fee, student activity fee, student union fee, recreation fee, student legal fee, and other personal expenses are not paid by the fellowship. Some of these fees will be deducted from the fellow's monthly stipend.

According to the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986, fellowship stipends are considered taxable income. Because fellowships are considered awards, the university does not withhold income tax from the monthly stipend. Students are required to file both the federal and state estimated quarterly income tax forms. Information

Payroll Deduction form

Tax liability

According to the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986, fellowship stipends are considered taxable income. Because fellowships are considered awards, the university does not withhold income tax from the monthly stipend. Students are required to file both the federal and state estimated quarterly income tax forms. Information

 

Any questions regarding a Graduate School fellowship may be directed to Katherine Eckstrand, director of fellowship services, (614) 292-9490.

 

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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