The DAGSI scholarship program has two major objectives:  to strengthen the educational programs at the DAGSI partner institutions and to support Ohio industry by developing talented, highly skilled candidates for the engineering workforce.  DAGSI scholarships are awarded to top-ranking graduate students in engineering and computer science.  The awards are funded by the state of Ohio, under the Ohio Board of Regents.

For Fall Term 2006, 158 full-tuition, new and renewing scholarships were awarded.

Two general types of scholarships are available:  Competitive Tuition Scholarships and Program Enhancement Scholarships.


NOTE:  There are several changes to the competitive tuition scholarship program as of January 2007.  Please read this section carefully to familiarize yourself with these changes.

Tuition scholarships are available for full- or part-time graduate study in any program offered by the engineering and computer science schools at the DAGSI partner institutions AFIT, UD, and WSU.  Scholarships are awarded once a year, in early April, for the following academic year beginning with the studentís choice of summer or fall term.  Each applicant is evaluated on academic merit and, if relevant, on workplace performance.

Top candidates for full-time doctoral study are eligible for assistantships in addition to tuition.  DAGSI assistantships for the 2007-2008 academic year will be $18,000.  At the discretion of the Engineering Deans, the highest ranked applicants may be offered additional funding through faculty research grants.

Note that a full-time Ph.D. student who applies for but does not receive an assistantship automatically will be considered for a tuition award.

Each application will be evaluated by DAGSI using these criteria:  academic merit (minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 for students applying for a masters-level award; minimum undergraduate and masters GPAs of 3.5 for students applying for a doctoral-level award; strong endorsement demonstrated in letters of reference; relevant research and teaching experience; other academic achievements or endorsements such as honors and awards, publications, presentations, patents, etc.); work experience, if applicable (for students with relevant work experience, endorsement by supervisors or colleagues in the workplace); and quality of the application materials (clarity and completeness of the information presented; quality of and thought behind the answers).

DAGSI scholarships are awarded for a term of two or three years (see below).  These terms apply as long as a studentís academic performance meets DAGSI, university, graduate school, and department standards.  The performance of every DAGSI scholarship student will be reviewed by the Home Institution and by DAGSI each year.  Any student not meeting the minimum criteria will be required to develop and implement an improvement plan, under the guidance of his or her advisor.  Failure to improve within one or two terms will result in the loss of the DAGSI scholarship.

Tuition Scholarships:

         Masters program, full or part time: two years

         Ph.D. program, full or part time:  three years

Tuition plus Assistantship Scholarship (Full-time Ph.D. students only):

         Three years

The above terms represent the maximum number of years a student may be supported by DAGSI regardless of program.  For example, a DAGSI Ph.D. student may decide to apply for an AFRL/DAGSI Fellowship.  If he or she has held a DAGSI scholarship for one year and receives an AFRL/DAGSI Fellowship, the maximum number of years for the Fellowship is two.  Another exampleóa full-time student with a Ph.D. tuition award may apply for tuition plus assistantship.  However, the total number of years of Ph.D. support remains three.

In general, a student holding an expiring DAGSI scholarship may not reapply once his or her scholarship term has been fulfilled.  However, a student supported by a DAGSI M.S. tuition scholarship may apply for a Ph.D. tuition or tuition plus assistantship scholarship and receive the full three years.

The availability of scholarship awards and the length of time they may be held always are contingent upon continued support of DAGSI by the state of Ohio.

Continuity of Enrollment While Holding a DAGSI Award

DAGSI scholarships are funded by the state of Ohio.  DAGSI has a responsibility to ensure that the students supported maintain acceptable academic records and make good progress toward completion of their degrees.  Therefore, the DAGSI Operating Committee has instituted the following policy. 

Students receiving scholarship support must be enrolled full- or part-time every term, with the exception of summer term for tuition-only scholarship students.  Full-time Ph.D. students with assistantships must enroll year-round.  Any scholarship student who fails to enroll for a term or semester without having petitioned in advance for a deferral of the DAGSI award (see below) will lose the scholarship immediately.  In other words, if a studentís name is not on the active list we receive from the university each term and there is no petition on file, the scholarship will be terminated.

Only under special circumstances may a student take time off without the loss of his or her DAGSI scholarship (e.g., a death in the family; a medical issue; or job-related issues, for part-time students in particular).  Other extenuating circumstances may apply.  Any student faced with an emergency requiring a leave of absence from the graduate school must contact the Dean of Engineering at his or her Home Institution as soon as possible to initiate a petition requesting a deferral of the DAGSI scholarship.  The Dean and the DAGSI Director will consider such petitions on a case-by-case basis.


Applying for a DAGSI Competitive Tuition Scholarship


1.  Select your desired Home Institution (AFIT, UD, or WSU), the degree you plan to pursue (MS or Ph.D., full- or part-time), and your intended field of study (e.g., electrical engineering).

Click here for contacts and courses at DAGSI partner schools. 


2.       Apply and be admitted to the Graduate Engineering School at your chosen Home Institution.  DAGSI will not award scholarships to applicants who have not been admitted or received "Conditional Upon Graduation" admittance to their Home Institution.  Your application to graduate school is SEPARATE FROM, and should not be mailed with, the DAGSI competitive scholarship application.  Please note that the application process and deadline for admission varies with each institution.  Follow the process established by your particular Home Institution.  If you have chosen to apply for any DAGSI Ph.D.-level scholarship, you must be admitted to the Ph.D. Graduate Program by March 15.  If you have chosen to apply for any DAGSI Master's-level scholarship, you must be admitted to the Master's Degree Graduate Program by March 15.


3.       Complete the DAGSI competitive scholarship application on-line and submit it electronically as instructed on the form.  Assemble your supporting documents (transcripts, reference letters, and any other documents you feel support your application) and send them TOGETHER, IN ONE PACKAGE, DIRECTLY to DAGSI, where they will be added to your application.  Everything must be received at DAGSI by the due date.  You must plan ahead to ensure that you have transcripts and reference letters together in time to meet the due date, typically March 15 (see current Program Schedule).  Note:  for 2007, your application and supporting document package must be received in the DAGSI office no later than 5 p.m. EST on March 15, 2007 to be considered in this yearís competition.


Note:  if a student applies to and is admitted to more than one DAGSI institution, the DAGSI Operating Committee has the discretion to decide which institution the award will be associated with.  An effort will be made to give the student his or her first choice; however, the final decision will be made by DAGSI.  Once the decision is made, DAGSI will not transfer the award to another institution prior to the studentís enrollment in a graduate program.  For example, if a student applies to and is admitted to both UD and WSU, the DAGSI Operating Committee has the discretion to determine which school the award will go to.  If the award must go to UD because of DAGSIís requirements, but the studentís first choice is WSU, the student must forfeit the award and reapply the following year.


If a scholarship student begins his or her program at one DAGSI school but decides to transfer to another DAGSI school, the student must request permission from both Deans of Engineering to transfer the scholarship award.


Competitive Scholarship Application Form


Competitive Scholarship Program Schedule 




DAGSI recognizes that part-time Ph.D. students, who work while attending school, face special challenges in completing their dissertation research.  A special provision has been made for part-time Ph.D. students who have completed coursework, passed qualifying exams, and been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.


Please see the Dean of Engineering at your Home Institution if you are eligible and wish to pursue this option.



Full tuition scholarships are available for up to two courses per term taken by a student outside his or her Home Institution.  These scholarships are intended to extend the benefit of the DAGSI partnership to students outside the full tuition program, enabling them to enrich their studies by taking classes at any member school.

Scholarships are available for courses that strengthen a student's program and/or are unavailable at the Home Institution.  The scholarships are available only to degree-seeking graduate engineering students at one of the DAGSI partner institutions.  Eligibility requirements are simply that the student is in good standing at his or her Home Institution.  The course (s) must be approved by the student's faculty advisor and subsequently by the Dean of the school of engineering at the student's Home Institution.  Awards are made on a first come/first serve basis until DAGSI funds allocated to each school for Program Enhancement are exhausted.

The process is initiated by the student using the Program Enhancement Application Form (below) prior to class registration, in consultation with the faculty advisor.  The student must also fill out a DAGSI Cross Registration Form, available on-line or from the Registrar's Office at the Home Institution.  The advisor, in turn, consults with the Dean of Engineering.  The Dean will make the final decision, taking into consideration the overall goals of DAGSI, the availability of the desired course, the faculty advisor's recommendation, the student's justification, and the availability of funding.

Program Enhancement Scholarships are course-specific.  If a student wants to drop an already-approved course and sign up for a different one, he or she must fill out a DAGSI Drop Form and reapply for a scholarship through the faculty advisor and Dean.  Continuity of funding in this situation is not guaranteed.

Program Enhancement Application Form


Please note the following guidelines and criteria for the use of DAGSI tuition scholarship funds, taken from DAGSI Operating Procedure  OP-08.  These apply both to competitive tuition scholarships and program enhancement scholarships.

Click here for DAGSI operating procedures on competitive and program enhancement scholarships.

Questions?  Call us directly at (937) 781-4001, e-mail to , fax us at (937) 781-4005, or write to the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, 3155 Research Blvd. Ste. 205, Kettering OH 45420.


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