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Fellowship/Scholarship 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 2019. Students cannot directly apply for fellowships. (Visit the Fellowships and Scholarships 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 , February 9, 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m. Note that nominees' online graduate admissions application must be completed by the time the nomination is submitted by the department/program (We strongly encourage departments/programs to inform prospective graduate students to complete their online admissions application by February 2, 2010.)

Nominators must submit a letter of support on behalf of their prospective students. The letter of support 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
  • Nominations: Swiger, STEM, Du Bois, University Provost Fellowships

    Nominations: Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships

    College/School Selections: Outstanding Merit Fellowships for Continuing Doctoral Students

    2020 Fellowship Selection Timeline

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

    Week of December 9    College/School Nomination Form available 

    Sunday, February 2         Completed Graduate admission application (regardless of

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


    Sunday, February 9       Completed College/School Nomination Form

    11:59 pm


    Tuesday, February 18 - Monday, February 24    1st Review of applicants

    11:59 pm


    Tuesday, March 3 - Monday, March 9         2nd Review of applicants

    11:59 pm


    Tuesday, March 24            Notice provided to College/School

    12:00 Noon


    Friday, March 27         College/School response to notice 

    12:00 Noon

    Tuesday, March 31         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.