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Funding & Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Education and Life will open the 2014-15 fellowship competition and begin to accept fellowship nominations on December 2, 2013. Applicants will be notified by email or US mail no later than March 17, 2014 regarding the decision of the fellowship review committee.

The cost varies by college and program. Also, starting in 2012-2013, WVU graduate education extends Yellow Ribbon Veteran’s benefits to eligible graduate students. WVU partners through the Academic Common Market to provide in-state tuition to students from other states where their program of study is not offered.

To fund your graduate education, WVU offers over 1,900 graduate assistantships, over $1 million per year in university fellowships, competitive financial aid packages and campus job opportunities.

University Fellowships

Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellows Program

The Ruby Distinguished Fellows Program is designed to attract outstanding doctoral students who will excel in crosscutting areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at West Virginia University (WVU). Ruby Fellowships will support students in the fields of biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics with particular interests in pursuing interdisciplinary STEM research that will significantly contribute to WVU’s research strengths and goals.

Swiger Fellowships

Arlen G. and Louise Stone Swiger Fellowship are designed to recruit highly competitive doctoral candidates to WVU. The stipend for this fellowship is $22,000 for twelve months, and the award requires some teaching or other academic service obligation. Selection is competitive on the basis of academic merit. Application should be made early in the year preceding the year of anticipated enrollment in a doctoral program. Inquiries should be directed to the graduate program of choice or the Office of Graduate Education and Life.

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W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowships

Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1896, and provides a standard of excellence for scholarship in any discipline and an especially inspiring model for black scholars. Because of the achievements of Dr. Du Bois, West Virginia University has named this fellowship program in his honor. The fellowships are open to African American graduate and professional students, excluding those in the Health Sciences, who are native or naturalized U.S. citizens. The stipend amount for this fellowship is $18,000 for nine months, and requires some service obligation. Selection is competitive on the basis of academic merit and potential for success in graduate or professional study. Inquiries should be directed to the graduate or professional program of choice or to the Office of Graduate Education and Life.

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Provost Graduate Fellowships

To attract high quality graduate students and to establish them early in their graduate programs, the Office of Graduate Education and Life provides fellowships to recruit tomorrow’s academic and professional leaders to West Virginia University. The University Graduate Fellowship Program provides incoming students to the general university with first-year fellowships of $16,000 to allow them to focus on establishing their research, scholarship, or creative endeavors. Units will provide subsequent support provided the candidates are making acceptable academic progress. Fellowships are awarded to incoming Ph.D. or other terminal degree-seeking students based on academic merit. Inquiries should be directed to the graduate or professional program of choice or to the Office of Graduate Education and Life.

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STEM Mountains of Excellence Fellowships and Assistantship Caps

The STEM Mountains of Excellence Fellowships and Assistantship Caps are supported by a grant to WVU from the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund. Fellowships are competitively awarded to incoming doctoral students and Assistantship Caps are awarded to either incoming or continuing doctoral students. Awardees must be planning to engage in research in one of the following Mountains of Excellence areas: achieving international leadership in radio astronomy, utilizing shale gas, promoting stewardship of water resources, improving STEM education and scientific literacy, and eliminating health disparities in Appalachia.

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