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Funding Resources

Competitive Funding Opportunities

University Fellowship Opportunities for PhD applicants

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. (Professionals will evaluate all international transcripts using different grading scales.) The program's very top applicants often are nominated for these awards before admission. Fellowships can be combined with other funding sources. We work hard to make sure prospective PhD students find funding matches before admission.  

External Fellowship Opportunities

Applicants also should seek fellowship funding from agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), 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

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 strongly encouraged to contact faculty directly about funding opportunities in their specific labs and areas of research interest. 

Most funding is aimed at PhD students. The expectation is that the MS is a self-funded degree; however, some MS applicants manage to find funding leads on their own!

Current BME students have obtained GRAs with members of our departmental and affiliated faculty. Many have earned funding in the form of Fellowship awards from sources such as HHMI, Pelatonia, Ohio Lions, NSF, and NIH. More have found GTAs within BME or in University departments such as chemistry, math or in the College of Engineering's first-year engineering program. GAAs often can be found at the university libraries and student service offices. Explore as many resources as you can; there are many opportunities listed in different places on a campus this large.