Promising Scholar Award


options for programs - select one only

Notification by

February 1, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST

February 9, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST

February 15, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST

February 23, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST

February 29, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST

March 8, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. PST


The purpose of the Promising Scholar Award is to recruit highly qualified incoming doctoral graduate students from diverse backgrounds who enhance and advance the academic and scholarly excellence of the university.

The award is administered by the Division of Graduate Studies in partnership with programs, schools and colleges, and the Office of the Provost to leverage our collective resources in support of our shared goals to increase the number of outstanding UO graduate students of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

2023-2024 Promising Scholars

Thirty-one prospective graduate students were awarded this prestigious award for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Award Details

$8,000 award from the Division of Graduate Studies with the following distribution schedule:

  • $2,000 in first term of study 
  • Two $3,000 installments in the first and second summer of study

Awards are non-transferable and cannot be deferred. Award funds are distributed directly to students' UO billing account. Any outstanding balance may be deducted automatically from award funds. Student must be enrolled to receive funds.

Nomination Details

Program Eligibility

  • Prior to nomination, programs must offer students admission with at least one year Graduate Employee (GE) support or comparable funding; programs are responsible for securing this funding. As of 2023, there is no longer a requirement to provide two years of .40 FTE GE support.
  • As of 2023, students are able to self-identify through Slate for consideration for nomination. Programs may nominate students who have not opted-in. See the Nomination Guide on how to find this information in Slate.
  • Programs may nominate up to five admitted applicants in a single round only. As of 2023, there will not be a second round of nominations. 
  • As of 2023, Letters of Support are no longer required.
  • Programs may notify candidates of nominations. A template is provided here.  
  • Programs may not transfer this award to other admitted students in the same program. 

Student Eligibility

  • Student must be admitted to the program.
  • Student shows evidence of strong academic promise.
  • Student's experiences and contributions are underrepresented within the program. See the Nomination Guide for defining "underrepresentation."
  • Student must be pursuing a doctoral degree. Students in programs that initially classify their doctoral students as master's students qualify.

Nominate a 2024 Promising Scholar

  • See table above for deadline options and expected timeline for notifications.
  • For full nomination instructions, including details on Slate, click the button below.

Nominate a Promising Scholar


For questions about the nomination process or funding, contact the Division of Graduate Studies.


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