Discovery Scholars Program

Photo of welding engineering PhD student Desmond Bourgeois and Matt Forquer (right) with the testing method Bourgeois developed that predicts and mitigates hydrogen-assisted cracking in dissimilar pipeline steel welds.

The Discovery Scholars Program is a funding opportunity at The Ohio State University which aims to increase the diversity of our graduate student body. This program provides funding for students admitted from the GEM Fellowship Program to the Colleges of Engineering or Arts and Sciences' MS and PhD programs. Only GEM applicants and fellows are eligible for this opportunity. This program provides a monthly stipend, support for all tuition and fees and health insurance. As one of our graduate students, you will have access to recruiters from nearly 700 employers in industry, academia, government and public and private sectors, who recruit our grads through our career services office or through our faculty. Graduates from Ohio State are hired by some of the top companies in the world, including Top 10 Fortune 500 and Forbes Top 10 companies. To be eligible for this program, 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 disciplines.    

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. More information about Columbus can be found here. For those of you who are interested in visiting campus to interact with faculty, current graduate students and staff and see Columbus first hand, please consider applying to attend our Graduate Engineering Open House each October.

All of our engineering programs are participating in the program. Here is a list of our 13 graduate programs.

Here is a listing of the participating College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.

A science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 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 office can help students find careers that align with their interest or expertise.

When applying to an Ohio State University graduate program, it is critical that you submit your OSU graduate application by the fellowship deadline (ex. December 13) in order to be considered for fellowships and all other funding options. Note that some programs may have differing deadlines. The general application deadline to be considered for funding options other than fellowships is in January. Please check this list, and under each discipline, click the ‘apply’ tab to see the fellowship and general application deadlines.

Students do not apply directly to the Discovery Scholars Program. Like all other fellowship opportunities, admitted students are nominated by the graduate program to which they apply. An application fee waiver will be provided for all eligible students who apply to the GEM Fellowship Program. To receive an application fee waiver for applying to an OSU graduate program click here. Then select “Big Ten Academic Alliance FREE APP” in the application fee waiver section of the online application form.  

We look forward to seeing your application!

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. La'Tonia Stiner-Jones, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at