I wanted to clarify some dates that may have been confusing on our website.  The deadline to be considered for university fellowship awards is December 1, 2012.  If you intend to apply by this deadline, please make sure that we have received all of your application materials by this date.

Frequently asked question:  If I have all of my application materials ready to go but I am waiting for the results of my TOEFL or GMAT to come in, will I still eligible for fellowship consideration?

Answer: If your standardized test scores arrive at Ohio State within a week of the fellowship deadline, you may still be eligible for consideration.  December 1 is the priority deadline for all Fisher PhD applicants and for the University Fellowship competition.  PhD applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis after December 1. All students who are admitted to Fisher for a PhD program will be fully funded by Fisher – if you apply after December 1 you just will not be eligible for the most prestigious fellowship awards at Ohio State.


Financial aid for PhD students

A common question we receive is “What kind of financial aid is available for PhD students?” and “How do I apply for financial aid if I am applying to the PhD program?”

Each student who is admitted to the PhD program is almost always fully funded by the admitting department, usually via a research or teaching assistantship. The exact terms of the award vary by department but they all include a 100% tuition/fee waiver plus a monthly stipend. (The stipend varies between departments so I cannot comment or guess how much the stipend is for any specific department.)

Accordingly, when you prepare your application for the PhD program, there is nothing additional that you will need to submit to be considered for financial aid … rather, focus on getting admitted – if you are admitted, financial support will follow.