Diversity in Graduate Studies

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Services within Arts and Sciences works in partnership with departments, research centers and other campus units to ensure a supportive and thriving intellectual environment for diverse populations of students as they pursue advanced degrees. 

For more information about ASC graduate diversity services, contact Graduate and STEM Director, J. Marcela Hernandez, PhD at hernandez.16@osu.edu

Resources & Support

Application Fee Waivers

Big Ten Academic Alliance Fee App Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) FreeApp program offers you the opportunity to apply to graduate programs at The Ohio State University for free.

By using the BTAA FreeApp program, you can request an application fee waiver (A savings of $40) and apply to one of the master of fine arts or doctoral programs offered in the 39 academic units in Arts and Sciences at no cost.

To be eligible for a FreeApp Waiver, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a member of a population underrepresented in graduate education
  • Apply for admission to a MFA or PhD program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree by the August preceding enrollment in the graduate program
  • Must intend to pursue an academic and/or research career

Priority Deadline: Submit online request by November 15

For more information, visit www.btaa.org/students/freeapp

McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in the McNair program on the Ohio State graduate admission application and follow the instructions for verification.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Scholars

SROP Scholars are eligible for application fee waivers. Applicants should note their participation in SROP at any CIC institution, including Ohio State's SROP program, on the Ohio State graduate admission application and follow the instructions for verification.

Discovery Scholars Program

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 National GEM Consortium database to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering MS or PhD programs.

To be eligible, students must apply to GEM, have a background that is historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American) and plan to pursue a degree in one of those fields.

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Funding Resources

The SROP Graduate School Fellowship program supports the recruitment and retention of this talented group of students to Ohio State doctoral programs. It is designed as a partnership between the Graduate School and the admitting graduate program.

The Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Program recruits diverse individuals to the Graduate School. These fellowships provide a monthly stipend, academic tuition and fees, and a subsidy of 85 percent of the student health insurance premiums. These fellowships are nonrenewable and are restricted to U.S. citizens.

For more funding opportunities, visit the Ohio State Graduate School's funding information.

Student Support

Recruitment and Diversity Services partners with units across campus to provide professional development workshops for graduate students.

Graduate School Survival Skills

The workshop is designed to provide information on what current graduate students consider to be the most challenging experiences in graduate school, the surprises they faced, and the advice they would give to others.

Lessons I learned during my journey through graduate school

Created as a follow-up to “Graduate School Survival Skills,” this workshop is for first year graduate students in science and math programs and compliments the mentoring course offered by many life sciences programs. 

Funding Your Graduate Education

A guide to funding sources for underrepresented minority graduate students.

Working with Undergraduates in the Lab

This workshop teaches graduate students and postdocs how to supervise and mentor undergraduates in the lab to ensure a good experience for both mentor and mentee.

How Choosing the Right Advisor is Crucial for Success 

Created for first-year graduate students in science and math programs with lab rotations, this session compliments the mentoring course offered by many life sciences programs.

Lab Etiquette

This session covers basic lab etiquette rules and tips on how to navigate the laboratory’s unique culture and expectations.

How to Make Good Talks Great

Strategies for improving technical seminars, job talks and public outreach talks, including the art of responding to questions and knowing what not to say. 

Diversity: The Key to Innovation and Creative Solutions

The workshop will enhance self-awareness, advocacy and leadership competencies. Participants will understand the challenges to achieve diversity, and how they can contribute to solving the problem of underrepresentation.

Professional Development Journal Clubs

This session will inform students on how to decide if a postdoc is necessary. The workshop also covers what to consider when looking for a position, and the ingredients for a good postdoc experience.  

The Postdoc Guide

This session covers basic lab etiquette rules and tips on how to navigate the laboratory’s unique culture and expectations.

Professional Profile Clinic

An interactive event designed to prepare students for the job search outside academia. Participants get feedback on their existing resume, elevator pitch, LinkedIn profile, and get their headshot taken.

For more information, contact Marcela Hernandez

Multicultural Graduate Student Organizations

Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus

The purpose of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus at The Ohio State University is to promote academic, cultural, service and social programs for the University community, the Black community, and for Black graduate and professional students in particular. The Caucus also provides a forum in which the Black graduate and professional student body may present, discuss, and act upon issues relative to its role in the academic and non-academic aspects of the University community. For more information visit us online or send an email.

Black MBA Association

The Black MBA Association focuses on the needs of African American students in graduate business programs. Providing support and awareness of issues related to the African American culture, fostering success within a business environment. For more information email us at or visit us online.

Fisher Indian Student Association

The Fisher Indian Student Association strives to provide a platform for continuous dialogue and interaction amongst members with a goal of improving student life and enabling career opportunities for the students. For more information please visit our Facebook page.

French and Italian Graduate Student Association

The purpose of FIGSA is to develop in its members an understanding of the organization and functioning of the Department of French and Italian, to meet the every-day concerns of graduate students in their work as students and as Graduate Teaching or Research Assistants, to ensure the fair treatment of its members in the Department, to ensure adequate representation of graduate students in Department governance, to promote career development of the graduate students and to provide a forum for intellectual and social exchange among them. For more information send us an email.

Latino Health Corps

Latino Health Corps is an interprofessional health science student organization dedicated to improving the health of Latino communities in Ohio and beyond through service. For more information visit our Facebook page.

Multicultural Public Health Student Association

The mission of Multicultural Public Health Student Association is to bring public health students together to create an environment in which everyone has the ability to experience, learn, and embrace a tangible meaning of diversity. For more information email us or visit us online.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers at The Ohio State University (NOBCChE)

NOBCChE at The Ohio State University is committed to the discovery, transmittal, and application of knowledge in the fields of science and engineering. The mission of NOBCChE at OSU therefore is to build an eminent community of scientists and engineers by increasing the number and retention rates of minorities in these fields on the OSU campus. NOBCChE at OSU will achieve its mission through diverse programs designed to foster professional and social development and encourage students to pursue careers in science and technical fields. Also NOBCChE at OSU is focused on helping to create a conducive atmosphere for minority students to prosper. To this end, NOBCChE at OSU will establish educational partnerships with other organizations on campus, municipalities, businesses, industries, other institutions and organizations in the public and private sectors. For more information please visit us online.

Portuguese Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of this group is to provide a higher level of Portuguese and Brazilian culture, history, and art awareness at the University as well as to improve and foster more student participation in our annual conference held at The Ohio State University.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Ohio State Chapter

To further the work of, to improve the effectiveness of, and to enhance the public understanding of an appreciation for Hispanics, Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other underrepresented minorities in STEM fields; 2) Partner with other organizations on campus and the Ohio community to provide mentoring, outreach and research-focused workshops for Hispanics, Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields for both college and high school students.; to promote student and professional recruitment and retention of Hispanics, Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented minorities in STEM fields at The Ohio State University; 3) To provide a forum for students and professionals from different science disciplines to come together for professional development, academic, research experiences, community service and social activities at The Ohio State University and communities in central Ohio. 4) Network with faculty, students and potential employers in STEM fields to find research opportunities; learn how to get funding, grants and internships; develop research presentation skills including preparation of research abstract, posters / oral presentations; learn about different STEM related conferences and find travel support to attend or present. 5) Find other Hispanics, Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields to develop social networks with student that share the same aspirations. 6) This group will be a Chapter of the National SACNAS organization.

South Asia Graduate Study Association

Our group aims to foster an intellectual space for graduate students working on South Asia to discuss their research, coursework, and writing. Likewise, we aim to further the awareness of the academic study of South Asia on campus through supporting academic events and lecturers that align closely align with our interests.

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Organization of the Ohio State University

The purpose of this group is to provide a higher level of Spanish and Portuguese culture, history, and art awareness at the University as well as to improve and foster more student participation in our annual conference held at The Ohio State University.

Taiwanese Student Association

The purpose of the Taiwanese Student Association is to maintain and improve the well-being of Taiwanese students at the Ohio State University. For more information please email us or visit us online.

Thai Student Association

The goals of the Thai Student Association are to organize social activities among its members and others who are interested in Thai cultures, to advocate its members to promote Thai cultures, to aid Thai students and personnel who study and/or work in the state of Ohio, and to seek the exchange idea and information between Thais in the state of Ohio and in other states. For more information please visit us online.

Turkish Students’ Association

The purpose of the Turkish Students’ Association is to represent The Republic of Turkey through social and cultural activities, to establish a cultural exchange between Turkish students and students of other nationalities, to celebrate the anniversary of October 29, The Republic Day; and to commemorate Ataturk, the founder of The Republic of Turkey every year on the 10th day of November, and to maintain unity among Turkish students and to encourage cooperation with similar student associations. For more information email us or visit us online

Voices of the Black Academy

Voices of the Black Academy is an organization composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with a mission to promote academic scholarship and critical research on Africa and the African Diaspora. VBA also seeks to promote the uplift of and activism within black communities as well as foster relationships within the black academy. For more information please send us an email.

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