Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowships

The intent of the Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship is to offer admission and financial support to outstanding Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) participants as early as possible. The fellowship's name recognizes the leadership of Patrick S. Osmer, vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School from 2006-2015 and his commitment to diversity.

The fellowship program supports the recruitment and retention of this talented group of students to Ohio State doctoral programs. It is designed as a partnership between the Graduate School and the admitting graduate program.

Up to 10 Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowships are awarded annually to former SROP students enrolling, for the first-time, in a graduate program at Ohio State.

Eligibility

Student eligibility is established by successful completion of the Ohio State SROP program, admission to a graduate program with the intent of pursuing a doctoral degree, and demonstration that the student has met the minimum Graduate Enrichment Fellowship eligibility criteria established by the Graduate School. More Ohio State SROP participants must be nominated by their prospective graduate program to be considered for an SROP Graduate Fellowship.

Award details
  • The Graduate School provides a first-year fellowship and a dissertation year fellowship. The dissertation year fellowship must be activated no later than the student’s sixth year in the graduate program. Both awards include a graduate fee authorization and monthly stipend, which is set by the Graduate School.

  • Graduate programs commit to providing a multi-year funding package during the intervening years. Programs must commit to 4 years of support. A commitment of fewer years will be considered if consistent with program completion norms. The funding package may include GAA, GRA, and/or GTA appointments as well as external awards.

  • The dissertation award must be activated by the 6th year. Earlier activation of the dissertation year will be allowed if indicated by student progress. The graduate program is under no obligation to provide funding to the student after the dissertation year if the student does not complete their dissertation and graduate at the end of the dissertation year or if the student has received a total of six years of support.
  • Eligible students may be nominated for University, Graduate Enrichment, or multi-year Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowships, or all three. Students receiving a multi-year SROP Fellowship may not also receive a University or Graduate Enrichment fellowship, but they may have their fellowship combined with a college-level award.

     

Timeline

The intent of the Patrick S. Osmer SROP Fellowship program is to offer admission and financial support to outstanding SROP participants as early as possible.

Nominations for this fellowship must be received by the Graduate School, 250 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, by January 23, 2015. The SROP Fellowship Awards Committee will review and make awards. Students will still have the national April 15 deadline to respond. 

Nomination packet must include
  1. Undergraduate transcripts (cumulative/major GPA and reputation/difficulty of the undergraduate program/school)

  2. Admission test scores--GRE/GMAT/TOEFL (scores/percentile ranks and how they relate to the specific area proposed for graduate study)

  3. Statement of purpose (clarity, non-academic experience, motivation for graduate study and research interest, career goals)

  4. Letters of recommendation (reputations of persons writing the recommendation letters, as well as scholarly, leadership, and motivational qualities attributed to the nominee)

  5. Program justification (graduate program’s specific interpretation of the nominee’s credentials, including previous graduate work, if relevant, and how the nominee would fit into the general research emphases in the program as well as programmatic goals and needs).  Including graduate program commitment to a multi-year funding package up to 4 intervening years. Programs must commit to 4 years of support. A commitment of fewer years will be considered if consistent with program completion norms. The funding package may include GAA, GRA, and/or GTA appointments as well as external awards.

  6. Contribution to diversity of the Graduate School. It is, therefore, imperative that graduate programs emphasize all attributes of the nominees’ files in their program justifications. Fellowship nominees are expected to show all-around strength, not simply outstanding performance on a single measure.

 

    For additional information, contact Cyndi Freeman, senior director of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, (614) 247-6377.

     

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

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