Fellowships and Graduate Support

Our graduate students are at the core of our diverse and inclusive excellence in education, research, and discovery. They educate and mentor undergraduates, assist with faculty research, and pursue their own leading-edge research. Graduate students infuse departments with an indispensable diversity of ideas and thought. Departmental rankings, faculty recruitment, and undergraduate education all depend on talented graduate students.

Competition for Exceptional Graduate Students Is Intense 

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Holger Hoock believes fellowships are essential in furthering the University’s mission.

Fellowships are essential in attracting the best and brightest graduate students. Financial support and the opportunity to work with our extraordinary faculty are the key factors candidates weigh when making their decision whether to come to the Dietrich School. Additionally, fellowships make a top-tier Dietrich School graduate experience accessible for promising students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Increasing the number of endowed fellowships in the Dietrich School is a top priority as we remain competitive with our peers and seek diversity of all types including race, gender, economic background, and undergraduate experience.

Providing a Quality Experience

Our faculty and programs educate and support our graduate students as emerging scholars, teachers, and mentors. We prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders—advancing knowledge, driving innovation, and contributing to the resolution of complex regional, national, and global problems. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment for students and faculty from a broad mix of backgrounds and perspectives and with diverse intellectual interests. 

Taking the Lead

Each year, the Dietrich School attracts some 1,350 graduate students dedicated to the pursuit of research and knowledge that will contribute to improving lives locally, nationally, and globally. We offer more than 50 graduate degrees across the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. These include joint degree programs with the Schools of Medicine, Law, and Public Health. The interdisciplinary certificate programs and numerous interdisciplinary units promote research and creative activity across departmental boundaries.