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Funding

How Graduate Student Funding Works

Financial support for Ohio State graduate students is awarded in the form of associateships, fellowships, or traineeships. About 55 percent of graduate students (primarily doctoral students) receive some form of funding. 

Funding decisions are made largely by each graduate program. Some programs fund all of their graduate students. Others fund only a few or provide only partial funding support. If you have a question about funding, contact your individual graduate program

Graduate students are not limited to funding from their program. There is no central clearinghouse of available GA positions, but you are welcome to ask individual programs and offices

Fellowships

Financial support for the most sought-after graduate students.

Graduate fellowships are limited in number and are competitively awarded each year to applicants who show exceptional potential for graduate study. Your program decides whether or not to nominate you for a fellowship. You cannot apply directly. Your program will notify you if it decides to nominate you for a fellowship.

Most graduate fellowships provide a full tuition and fee authorization covering all instructional and general fees (including non-resident fees), a stipend, and subsidized health insurance.

The Graduate School runs the competition for these fellowships for incoming graduate students.

Associateships

Paid research, teaching and administrative roles for graduate students.

Graduate associateships are the primary source of financial assistance provided to graduate students at Ohio State. These take the form of graduate research associateships (GRA), graduate teaching associateships (GTA) and graduate administrative associateships (GAA). 

Graduate associateships are awarded by graduate programs to support the research, teaching and administrative needs of each graduate program. Recipients are selected by the graduate program. 

Most graduate associateships provide a full tuition and fee authorization covering all instructional and general fees, including non-resident fees, a stipend and subsidized health insurance. 

Grants

Multiple offices provide financial support for graduate students pursuing research, professional development, and career development opportunities.

Graduate students should explore these resources and talk with their advisors about how to best seek funding.

Office of Financial Aid

Use this website to explore different forms of financial assistance at Ohio State. Search student job listings, learn about federal work-study programs, access financial aid forms and applications, and more. 

Financial Education

Debt and personal finances can be challenging for graduate students. Take a more active and informed role using resources on campus and from the Council of Graduate Schools.

We provide leadership, service and advocacy. 

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