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Fellowship Nomination Information

WVU’s suite of graduate fellowships offer incoming doctoral students the special opportunity to focus on their coursework and research without using student loans or the responsibility of serving as a graduate assistant to finance their degree. Graduate fellowships support outstanding incoming doctoral students across all disciplines (unless stated otherwise for specific fellowships). We seek nominations from departments/programs across the campus community for graduate student applicants who will begin full-time, on-campus coursework in the Fall semester of 2020. Students cannot directly apply for fellowships. (Visit the Fellowships page for more information about fellowships for incoming graduate students.)

The nomination deadline for the Ruby Distinguished Doctoral, Swiger, STEM, Du Bois, and University Provost Fellowships is Sunday , January 31, 2021, no later than 11:59 p.m. Note that the nominees' online graduate admissions application must be completed  by January 31, 2021.

Nominators must submit a letter of nomination on behalf of their prospective students. The letter of nomination is expected to:

  • Not exceed 1 page in length
  • Address the unique academic and professional qualifications of the applicant
  • Outline how the nominee will potentially contribute to the program’s mission
  • Address the academic promise, maturity, and commitment to scholarship of the applicant.
  • College/School Nomination Form

    Please note that nominees for the Swiger, STEM, University Provost, and Du Bois Fellowships must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Please be sure to check the eligibility requirements listed under each Fellowships page.

    2021 Fellowship Selection Timeline

    (Ruby Distinguished Doctoral, Swiger, DuBois, STEM, or University Provost)

    Week of November 8           College/School Nomination form available

    Sunday, January 31             Completed Graduate admission application (regardless of

    11:59 pm                                the academic program’s application deadline)


    Sunday, January 31             Completed College/School Nomination Forms 

    11:59 pm                               

    Tuesday, March 29               Fellowship offers sent to prospective students 

    12:00 Noon

    Please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at or 304.293.7173 for assistance.