WVU’s suite of graduate fellowships offer incoming doctoral students the special opportunity to focus on their coursework and research without 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 2023. 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 Monday, January 30, 2023, no later than 11:59 p.m. Note that the nominees' online graduate admissions application must be complete (all materials submitted to the application system) by Friday, January 27, 2023.
Nominators must submit a current CV or Resume and a letter of nomination on behalf of their prospective students. The letter of nomination is expected to:
Consist of no more than one page
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
Provide fellowship review committee with context for understanding what would make the nominee an exceptional graduate/professional student at WVU
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 Fellowship page. Be advised the Outstanding Merit Fellowship for continuing doctoral students is not handled through this process.