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Fellowship Program and Schedule

As of 9/1/09, the DAGSI scholarship and fellowship programs are on hold indefinitely. DAGSI does not anticipate making new awards in 2010. However, the situation could change, so please check back at a later date.

As part of its ongoing effort to strengthen Ohio’s intellectual infrastructure in technology, DAGSI will award up to 6 new three-year Research Fellowships each academic year to new doctoral students studying in the school of engineering at one of our three member institutions, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Dayton, or Wright State University. Through DAGSI, a student enrolled at one of the partner schools can take courses at the other two schools as part of the program of study. These fellowships support full-time, research-based doctoral study and will be awarded to candidates who demonstrate exceptional capability and aptitude. Applicants may not already be enrolled in an engineering Ph.D. program, at a DAGSI school or elsewhere. Fellows must be starting their doctoral program at the start of the fellowship.

  • Awards include a stipend of up to $28,000 from DAGSI plus full tuition for three years of Ph.D.-level study and research
    • Any Fellow who has completed a Masters degree by the start of his or her doctoral program will receive a DAGSI fellowship stipend of $28,000. Any Fellow entering the Ph.D. program with a B.S. only will receive a DAGSI fellowship stipend of $21,000 until he or she has completed coursework for 45 credits (AFIT, WSU) or 30 credits (UD), at which time the stipend will rise to $28,000 for the remainder of the Fellow’s three-year award.
    • At its discretion, a DAGSI institution may supplement the DAGSI stipend, in accordance with institutional policy.
  • Research opportunities with the Air Force Research Laboratory and other government, university, and industry organizations are available.
  • Awardees will be invited to visit the three DAGSI campuses before their decision must be made.
  • Application to a particular DAGSI school is not required in conjunction with the fellowship application. Each successful applicant who chooses to accept will have the opportunity to select which institution he/she would like to enroll in as the Home Institution. (Note: formal application to the school of choice must be made by all who accept the fellowship)

Eligibility Criteria

Fellowships are awarded for research-based doctoral study in the school of engineering at a DAGSI member institution. Awards are highly competitive and based on merit. Alignment of research interests with technology focus areas defined as critical to the southwest Ohio region and/or the state of Ohio will be a factor in the award decision. Specifically, these areas are: advanced materials and manufacturing; aerospace engineering; clean and renewable energy; biomedical engineering; information technology and advanced data management; instruments, controls, and electronics, including sensor technologies; and power and propulsion.

  • All applicants must have at least a B.S. degree in engineering or a related field, earned or expected prior to doctoral program enrollment. An M.S. degree in hand at the start of the Fellowship is preferred.
    • Fellows holding a B.S. only will receive a stipend of $21,000 until coursework for 45 credits (AFIT, WSU) or 30 credits (UD) has been completed. Then the stipend will rise to $28,000 for the remainder of the students’ three-year fellowship.
    • Fellows holding a M.S. at the start of their fellowship program will receive a stipend of $28,000.
  • Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5.
  • DAGSI Fellows must be eligible for employment at a federal institution. Therefore, DAGSI Research Fellowships are open only to individuals who, at the time of application, are citizens or nationals of the United States.
  • DAGSI Research Fellowships are intended for new doctoral students not currently or previously enrolled in a Ph.D. program at any academic institution, including the DAGSI member schools (AFIT, UD, WSU).
  • DAGSI Fellows may not hold full-time employment in addition to the fellowship. Any student employed outside of this fellowship must be sure he or she does not violate any university or employer restrictions on employment while receiving a stipend for research (e.g., some universities limit the number of outside employment hours for full-time students receiving fellowship stipends; some employers prohibit receiving a stipend if the employee is being paid a salary). Any violation of policy will result in termination of the fellowship unless the student makes a change that ensures compliance with all university, DAGSI, and employer rules.

NOTE: DAGSI Fellows who do not have a Masters degree when starting their program may be required by their institution to complete a Masters before beginning the Ph.D. The DAGSI award is still three years in this case. These students must be prepared to line up funding from another source for the remainder of their program.

How to Apply

Interested students must complete the electronic Fellowship application and submit it to DAGSI by midnight on December 15 (please see Program Schedule for confirmation of due date). Official or unofficial transcript(s) or grade report(s) must be received at DAGSI no later than the stated due date. Fax to (937) 781-4005, or mail to DAGSI, 3155 Research Blvd., Ste. 205, Kettering, Ohio 45420, or email to [email protected] Official transcripts will be required for admission to graduate school. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the deadlines. Late applications or transcripts will not be accepted.

All applications will be reviewed initially for eligibility, using the criteria outlined above. Eligible applicants will be evaluated in early January by a panel of faculty from all three DAGSI member institutions. The panel will consider the following: academic record; intellectual merit of the applicant (e.g., ability to plan and undertake research; ability to interpret and communicate research findings); previous research experience; interest in pursuing doctoral study and research at a DAGSI institution; and alignment of research interests with Ohio's strategic technology platforms. Fellowship offers will be made on or around February 1 (see Program Schedule for exact date). All recipients, regardless of their commitment to DAGSI, will be invited to visit the three member schools at DAGSI’s expense. Those accepting the award must apply to their DAGSI school of choice and must formally accept or decline their fellowship offers by April 1.

DAGSI strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate in the Fellowship competition.

Program Schedule (on hold for 2009/2010)

Application Forms Available - ON-LINE ONLY
Operating Procedure Reviewed and Updated
Evaluation Teams Appointed
On-Line Application Deadline
Deadline to Submit Transcripts
Applicants Screened for Eligibility
Evaluation Team Begins
Applications Evaluated and References Contacted
Final Rank Order Determined
Applicants Notified by Mail, Email
Visit to Dayton, Three Partner Institutions
Acceptance Deadline

Questions? Contact DAGSI directly at (937) 781-4001 or