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Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships

The Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship nomination portal is CLOSED for the 2017 cycle. 

The Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellows Program is designed to attract outstanding doctoral students who will excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at West Virginia University (WVU). The prestigious Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellows Program allows select doctoral students to work with nationally recognized faculty in their fields of study. The fellowship’s financial support is intended to allow incoming doctoral level scholars to commit themselves fully to expanding their talents and using their research to benefit the people of WVU, the nation, and the world.  

  • The Ruby Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $34,000, waiver of University tuition, a College tuition scholarship, payment of University fees, and graduate student health insurance.
  • Fellows receive up to $2,000 annually for professional development travel.
  • Awards are paid over a 12-month period during which time students must be enrolled full-time.
  • Awards provide up to three years of funding.
  • College/School must agree to assist selected Ruby Fellows to obtain a graduate assistantship (teaching or research) after the fellowship ends.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a faculty member; students cannot apply for this fellowship. Nominators should visit the Fellowships Nomination Information page for instructions on how to nominate students for this fellowship.


  • Nominees must be US citizens (permanent residents are not eligible for this fellowship).
  • Nominees must be incoming doctoral students; continuing doctoral students are not eligible for this fellowship.
  • Nominees must have completed an application for on-campus, fall admission to a WVU Ph.D. program at the time the fellowship nomination is submitted.
  • Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for undergraduate or 3.5 for graduate course work.

The nominee’s academic promise must be substantial. Fellowship nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of Graduate Council faculty representatives who will review all nominees based on the following criteria:


The committee will begin reviewing applications Wednesday, February 8, 2017, and will continue the review process until all fellowships are awarded. Finalists will be invited to campus to interview with the selection committee, and awardees will be notified by early April. WVU names up to four new Ruby Scholars each year.

Nominators should visit the Fellowships Nomination Information page for instructions on how to nominate students for this fellowship.

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