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Funding Resources

Competitive Funding Opportunities

University Fellowship Opportunities

In order to be considered for nomination in the University Fellowship competition, the following minimum criteria apply: grades must be equal to 88% or 3.6/4.0, and GRE scores must average in the 75th percentile. (Professionals will evaluate all international transcripts using different grading scales.)

External Fellowship Opportunities

Applicants also should seek fellowship funding from agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), American Association of University Women, United Negro College Fund-Merck Science Initiative, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) or National Institutes of Health (NIH) to name only a few.

Applicants are encouraged to consult undergraduate academic advisors or research mentors for information on graduate school funding opportunities. Additional helpful funding resources are listed by the Ohio State Graduate School at

Also, at InfoEd SPIN, students can filter and search a database with many good leads for upper-level undergraduates and/or first-year graduate students, by application deadline, research area, funding source, and more.

Graduate Associate Appointments

Other forms of financial aid include Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), and Graduate Administrative Assistantships (GAA). These types of appointments cover tuition and fees while offering a monthly stipend. All admitted PhD students are considered for opportunities of these types, but PhD students are encouraged to contact faculty directly about funding opportunities in their specific labs and areas of research interest.

Nearly 50% of current BME students have obtained GRAs with members of our departmental and affiliated faculty. Nearly 25% have earned funding in the form of Fellowship awards from sources such as HHMI, Pelatonia, Ohio Lions, NSF, and NIH National Research Service. Over 20% have found GTAs witing BME or outside of the Department in University departments such as chemistry, math or in the College's first-year engineering program. GAAs often can be found at the university libraries and student service offices.