Dean’s Diversity Fellowship aims to recruit new doctoral students

The Dean's Diversity Fellowship is designed to attract new doctoral students to Wayne State University. The fellowship covers three academic years during which fellows have no service requirements. The fellowship includes a living allowance of $27,500, tuition up to 10 graduate credits per term at the effective tuition rate, as well as subsidized medical, dental and vision care insurance for 12 months per year. After the initial three year fellowship period, departments are required to provide two additional academic years of support for fellows at the Graduate Assistant minimum rate or better, thus providing a total of five years of support. 


  • Dean's Diversity Fellowships are for new doctoral students only–they cannot be awarded to continuing doctoral students.
  • Eligibility is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Fellows must register for a minimum of eight credit hours in both fall and winter semesters, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester, and otherwise make satisfactory progress towards the degree.
  • Fellows may not hold graduate assistantships, other fellowships, internships, traineeships, scholarships, or any other employment during the fellowship period.
  • As stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.


Nominations must be made by program graduate directors, and nominations are encouraged for minorities, women, persons with disabilities or individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds who otherwise would not be adequately represented in the doctoral program.

Nomination deadline: March 15, 2019

Award announcements will be made by March 31, 2019.

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

Dean's Diversity Fellowships nomination form

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