Awards & Fellowships

The Graduate College at Kent State University administers a number of fellowships and awards for new and continuing students. A University Fellowship is an arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue their degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in service. A scholarship recognizes past achievements and meritorious performance.

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List of Awards and Fellowships

Graduate Dean's Award (GDA)

The GDA seeks to enhance KSU's recruitment of academically excellent incoming students with diverse backgrounds. The award is for $5,000 distributed over two academic years (four consecutive semesters $1,250 per semester).

Graduate Dean's Travel Award (GDTA)

The GDTA assists applicants with the costs of travel to Kent for campus interviews and visits; this award seeks to enhance Kent State University’s recruitment of academically excellent students with diverse backgrounds. The award is offered at two levels ($400 and $200) depending on the cost of travel.

Graduate Student Advancing Equity Award

The Graduate College is excited to announce the first annual Graduate Student Advancing Equity Award! This award is presented to a graduate student who has displayed a commitment to equity through leadership both on and off campus.

Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Graduate Student Teaching Award highlights excellence in teaching and mentoring among current graduate students. The award recognizes graduate students who exemplify excellence in teaching/learning as part of their professional development and training. One award will be given to a doctoral student and one to a master’s student. 

David B. Smith Scholarship

The David B. Smith Scholarship is presented annually to recognize exceptional scholarship and teaching.

Mary Ann Stephens and John R. Graham Award

The Mary Ann Stephens and John R. Graham Award for Excellence in Graduate Research and Scholarship is presented annually to a doctoral student underrepresented in their discipline.

Lillian Friedman Scholarship

The Lillian Friedman Scholarship is presented to recognize an outstanding graduate student contributing to the area of mental health.

Reuter Fellowship in Developmental Sciences

The Reuter Fellowship provides recipients with an academic year non-service appointment to allow for full-time work on the dissertation.

University Fellowship

The University Fellowship is awarded annually to advanced doctoral students to recognize excellent scholarship and research potential.



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If you are selected to receive a scholarship, fellowship, graduate assistantship, tuition waiver or any other award, your current financial aid offer, including student loans, could be reduced. If you would like to know how your financial aid offer may be affected by another award, please contact One Stop for Student Services for assistance.