Financing a Graduate Degree

Graduate students can be supported through fellowships, traineeships, graduate associateships for teaching, research, or administration, personal finances, employer programs, and loans.

At Ohio State, approximately 55 percent of graduate students are supported by graduate associateships or fellowships from the Graduate School or local graduate program. Still other graduate students are funded through research grants or external funding sources. Most of these students are doctoral students.


The Graduate School manages two major university-wide fellowship competitions. First-year and multiple-year fellowships are targeted for recruiting prospective graduate students. Presidential Fellowships are targeted to current graduate students writing their dissertations.

Selected special Graduate School fellowships

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Graduate School Fellowship

Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship Program

J. Parker and Kathryn Webb Dinius Fellowship

Graduate Associateships

Graduate associateship appointments are made at the local or program level. The Graduate School monitors many aspects of graduate associateships, including terms of appointment and terminations. See Section 9 of the Graduate School Handbook.

Student Financial Aid

Graduate students are often eligible for some types of financial aid. Inquire with the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about scholarships, loans, and other types of financial assistance.

Additional information

Funding information and resources

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the graduate programs in which they have an interest to ask specific questions about graduate student funding and funding availability.

Need help?

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

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