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Fellowships Nomination Information

The Office of Graduate Education and Life is pleased to oversee WVU fellowships for graduate and professional students.

Fellowships offer our students the special opportunity to focus on their coursework and research without the responsibility of serving as a graduate assistant to help 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 2024.

Students cannot directly apply for fellowships.


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

Nomination deadlines

The nomination deadline for the Ruby Distinguished Doctoral, Swiger, STEM, Du Bois, and University Provost Fellowships is Monday, January 29, 2024, 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 26, 2024.

Eligibility requirements

Please note that nominees for the Swiger, STEM, University Provost, and Du Bois Fellowships must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Be sure to check the eligibility requirements listed under each Fellowship page.

Be advised that the Outstanding Merit Fellowship for continuing doctoral students is not handled through this process.