Discovery Scholars Program

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The Discovery Scholars Program is a funding opportunity that aims to increase the diversity of our graduate student body. This program provides funding for students admitted from the GEM database to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering MS or PhD programs. To be eligible to apply, students must have applied to GEM as well as have a background historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American). Students must also be looking to pursue degrees in one of those fields.

A STEM graduate degree from The Ohio State University is a great first step to a successful career. The opportunities in our area alone are plentiful which is why Forbes also voted Columbus the 8th best city for technology jobs in the country. Whether it be in industry or academia, our career services can help students find careers that align with any interest or expertise.

When applying to an Ohio State University graduate program, it is critical that you submit your application by the fellowship deadline (ex. December 13) in order to be considered for a university fellowship. Programs are able to combine university fellowships with the Discovery Scholars fellowship. Note that some programs may have differing deadlines. Please check the list, and under each discipline, click the ‘apply’ tab to see the funding application deadline. An application fee waiver will be provided for all eligible students looking to apply to the Discovery Scholars Program.

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Visit the College of Engineering to explore participating engineering graduate programs.

In addition to the numerous scholastic opportunities The Ohio State University has to offer, the campus is situated in beautiful Columbus, Ohio. Just last year, we were named the number one best opportunity city by Forbes due to our extremely affordable cost of living and high number of young professionals among many other factors. For those of you who are interested in visiting campus and seeing Columbus first hand, please consider applying to partake in our Graduate and Professional Student Recruitment Initiative.