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WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarships

Application Due Date: Friday, October 22, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.


The WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Scholarships provides $5,000 to doctoral students who have been admitted to doctoral candidacy and who are working toward the completion of their dissertations during the Spring 2022 term. These scholarships can be used to defray educational and research costs (including travel), and are reserved for Ph.D. students who have been admitted to candidacy and whose dissertation proposals or plans are approved prior to October 15, 2021.

Students selected for this scholarship opportunity will receive a one-time lump sum scholarship refund to their WVU student account. Note that scholarships are considered to be part of students’ overall WVU financial aid package and cannot be transferred to another institution. Any balance owed to WVU will be automatically deducted from the award refund. WVU does not withhold taxes from scholarship refunds, but this scholarship may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service based on individual tax circumstances.

Graduate assistants and graduate students who hold fellowships are eligible to apply for this scholarship opportunities. Although the general policy is that fellows may not receive additional funding that runs concurrent to a fellowship award, in the case of this scholarship alone current university fellows and graduate assistants may apply.


The WVU Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Ph.D. level students. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be:


Eligible doctoral level students must complete the online application form by Friday, October 22, 2021, no later than 11:59 p.m. The online application requires students to:


Each application will be reviewed by the WVU Graduate Student University Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. Award selections will be based on the quality of the student’s:

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at or (304) 293-7173 for additional information about this scholarship opportunity.