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The following is a partial list of potential funding sources. Additional information on these and other awards is available from the Graduate School.

Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellowship

The Albert J. Ryan foundation was established in 1968 by Alice M. Ryan of Cincinnati in memory of her father. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and encourage the career development of students at the University of Cincinnati, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University who "show promise of becoming research scholars and who show a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge of medical science."

This is a very prestigious (and hence competitive) two-year award given to a select number of students in the second or third year of graduate school. Students who are chosen as Albert J. Ryan Foundation Fellows attend an annual three-day meeting that brings together current fellows from the three institutions. Since a limited number of applications can be submitted per graduate program, the Graduate Program Committee nominates the candidates for this award based upon their academic and research performance.

The criteria listed below are used by the college committee to select the Albert J. Ryan Fellows. First-year students should consider these criteria as personal targets for the first two years of the program so that they can maximize their chances for competing for the Ryan award in their third year. The deadline for applications is usually in March/April.

Criteria include:

  • Grades
  • Publications (particularly for students in their third year)
  • Presentations at local and national scientific meetings.
  • Long-term career goals of the student
  • A description of the proposed research

URC Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

An annual program of the University Research Council (URC) provides partial support for the summer quarter. There is a limit on the number of applicants per program, so the Graduate Program Committee selects the top candidates to apply for the award.

University Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Division of Research and Advanced Studies sponsors a fellowship program that recognizes outstanding senior graduate students (students who are close to finishing their dissertation) whose "dissertations are likely to make significant contributions to their field of inquiry". This award includes a stipend of $24,000 per year. Students who receive this fellowship will also receive a University Graduate Scholarship to defray all tuition costs.

Predoctoral Awards from Professional Societies

All students should consult the websites of their professional societies for information regarding external predoctoral awards for which they may be eligible.

Albert C. Yates Fellows and Scholars Program

This program is designed to help underrepresented minority students pursue graduate degrees. Yates Graduate Fellowships provide a stipend for the academic year, a full-tuition scholarship for the academic year, and a waiver of general fees.

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