Funding Your Education with Assistantships and Fellowships

Funding opportunities such as fellowships and graduate associate positions are considered for all admitted MS and PhD students.  These awards can be through the Graduate School or the School of Environment and Natural Resources.  Funding for assistantships and fellowships is very competitive.  Approximately the top 10% of all admitted applicants to MS and PhD programs may be nominated for fellowships and fewer still may actually be awarded.  Approximately one third of the admitted students in ENRGP were offered Graduate Associate funding.

To be considered for funding, applications must be complete by:

  • Domestic applicants: January 1 for fellowships; January 7 for other funding
  • International applicants: December 15 for fellowships; January 7 for other funding

Students may apply for a Graduate Associateship and/or Fellowship by checking the appropriate box on the application for admission.


Students are nominated for fellowships at the University, College, and School levels by the ENR Graduate Studies Committee.  Fellows pursue a full-time schedule of courses or research (15 credits per semester) and are not required to teach or provide other services.  Fellows must maintain scholastic standards required to be in "good standing" and may not work on or off campus during the period of the fellowship.

Academic Criteria of successful candidates: 

  • GPA - minimum 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE - 75% or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative and a score of 4 or greater on the Analytical

Students selected for fellowships are usually informed the February or March prior to the Autumn they will begin enrollment.

Fellowship benefits include:

  • monthly stipend (ranging from $1400-1800)
  • full tuition
  • 85% of the student health insurance fee

Graduate Associates

Graduate Associates may be:           Teaching Associates (GTA)

                                                          Research Associates (RGA)

                                                          Administrative Associates (GAA)

A Graduate Associate is a currently enrolled, full-time graduate student who holds an appointment calling for the performance of services such as classroom or laboratory instruction, advising or supervision of students, grading papers and examinations, research, developing curricular materials, administrative duties, etc.

Students selected for Graduate Associateships are usually informed in April and May.

International Students who serve as Graduate Teaching Associates must pass the SPEAK test.  See the English as a Second Language website for more information.  All international students (regardless of teaching duties) must fulfill English composition course requirements prior to graduation.  Admitted international students attending OSU must either enroll in courses or qualify out of the courses by earning an IBT TOEFL total score of 114 or a total score of 101 with a written score of 28.