Scholarships and awards

AGRADE Master's Scholarship
Dean's Diversity Master's Scholarship
Dean's Merit Scholarship
Graduate Professional Scholarship
Graduate School Master's Scholarships for Recruitment and Retention
Graduate School thesis/dissertation research support
Graduate Student Professional Travel Awards
Heberlein Teaching Award
Summer Dissertation Award

AGRADE Master's Scholarship

The AGRADE MA Scholarship is designed to recruit and reward AGRADE students who have graduated with their Bachelor's degree and are ready to enroll in their first Master's-only semester at Wayne State. AGRADE awards are made in May and December of each year. The AGRADE scholarship will pay for up to 4 credit hours of tuition at the in-state Graduate School rate for two consecutive semesters. For each application period, up to 10 master's students in each of the participating schools and colleges will receive this award. The current application cycle opened October 15. Applications will be due December 6.

AGRADE Master's Scholarship application

Dean's Diversity Master's Scholarship

The Dean's Diversity Master's Scholarship is designed to attract outstanding new master's students to Wayne State University and to support these students through successful degree completion. Prospective students must be nominated by their school/college to be considered for this prestigious award. Successful nominees will have a track record of academic excellence and will enhance the diversity of the program and/or discipline that they are joining.

This one-year tuition scholarship covers up to 20 credit hours of tuition at the Graduate School in-state rate, and can be spread across three terms (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring/Summer 2021). Eligibility is restricted to U.S. citizens/domestic students. Recipients must enroll in a minimum of six and maximum of 10 credit hours each in the fall and winter semesters. For 2020-2021, the Graduate School will make one award per school or college. Students who have been admitted to start a master's program in Fall 2020 and believe they may be eligible to be nominated should contact their program to express interest. Programs that would like to nominate a student should contact their school or college. Nominations are due to the Graduate School by June 5, 2020 and awards will be announced shortly thereafter. For more information, contact

Dean's Merit Scholarship

The Graduate School awards scholarships to international students entering two-year master's degree programs after completing a three-year bachelor's or diploma program in another country at an institution with which Wayne State University has a 3+2 agreement. Students may receive up to $3,000 per semester towards their studies. 


  • Recipients of the Dean's Merit Scholarship must be enrolled in at least eight credit hours in the semester in which the award is granted.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to maintain or renew the scholarship.
  • The Dean's Merit Scholarship is available to students from select international universities that have articulation agreements with Wayne State University.


Dean's Merit Scholarship awards are determined by the academic department. Decisions are generally announced one month prior to the upcoming semester by the department.

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

Graduate Professional Scholarship

The Graduate School sponsors an annual Graduate Professional Scholarship competition for tuition awards in the fall and winter semesters. The GPS scholarship provides payment for resident tuition assessments only at the effective in-state* Graduate School tuition rate–a minimum of 6 graduate credits and maximum of 10 credits can be covered in each of the fall and winter semesters. Covered courses must count towards degree requirements (undergraduate, audited or dropped courses are not covered by GPS).

The review process is conducted by a selection committee of university faculty. Award decisions are not subject to appeal. Applicants must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.


  • Students pursuing advanced professional degrees (Ed.D., M.S.W.) or graduate degrees (master's, Ph.D.) in all Wayne State University schools and colleges are eligible. Students pursuing the PharmD., J.D. or M.D. are ineligible and should consult the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Law School or School of Medicine respectively concerning financial assistance.
  • Students must have applied for admission to a Wayne State graduate or advanced professional degree program before they can apply for the Graduate Professional Scholarship.
  • To be considered for a Graduate Professional Scholarship award, new students must be formally admitted to an advanced professional or graduate program by May 1, 2020.
  • Students admitted to post-bachelor, graduate non-degree and graduate certificate programs are not eligible.
  • Recipients may not hold:
    • A graduate assistantship (GRA, GSA or GTA)
    • A tuition-paying internship
    • A tuition-paying fellowship
    • A tuition-paying scholarship
    • A full-time WSU position with tuition benefits
  • Recipients must make satisfactory progress in all courses and must register for a minimum of six graduate credit hours each semester to retain the scholarship award.
  • The scholarship must be used during the period for which it is granted.
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to support students to become skilled professionals. Thus, recipients are encouraged to  participate in at least three Professional Development (PD) events during the academic year.


Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

GPS application

Deadline: March 1, 2020

*Students who are assessed out-of-state tuition, including students on F1 visas and other non-resident students are still responsible for paying the out-of-state portion of their tuition bills. To determine if you qualify for in-state tuition rates, check here.

Graduate School Master's Scholarships for Recruitment and Retention

Formerly called "Recruitment, retention and completion scholarships" these partial-tuition scholarships from the Graduate School are granted to WSU schools and colleges to help recruit and retain outstanding master's students. The Graduate School Masters Scholarship will pay for up to 4 credit hours of tuition at the in-state Graduate School rate for two consecutive semesters: Fall and Winter. Nominations are made by the departments and programs to their schools and colleges, which then submit nominations for review and approval by the Graduate School. 

For 2019-20, nominations were due to the graduate school on May 15, 2019.

Graduate School thesis/dissertation research support

The Graduate School has a grant program to defray expenses necessary to the completion of approved thesis or dissertation research. Awards are limited to a maximum of $1,000 for dissertation research and $500 for thesis projects. Matching support from the student's department is required. Eligibility is restricted to one award per student per degree. Funds from the thesis/dissertation program must be expended within six months from receiving the funds.

Applications for thesis/dissertation support must be submitted to and approved by the Graduate School prior to beginning the actual conduct of research activities for which support is requested. To meet this provision, applications should be submitted well in advance of the desired starting date of research. Requests for retroactive funding of activities already conducted will not be considered.

Please note that expenses must be approved before the related research activity begins. Costs associated with preparation of the thesis or dissertation manuscript itself are not allowable under this program.


  • All applicants must be in good academic standing and registered for doctoral candidate or maintenance status dissertation research credits, or master's thesis research credits at WSU.

Ph.D. students

  • Limited to Ph.D. candidates who are engaged in dissertation research.
  • Ph.D. candidates must have an approved dissertation prospectus on file in the Graduate School to receive awards.

Master's students

  • Limited to master's candidates involved in thesis research.
  • Master's candidates must have an approved thesis outline on file in their school/college or a letter from their advisor stating that a thesis plan has been approved at the departmental level.


The application below consists of five parts:

  1. cover page
  2. abstract
  3. copy of the approved dissertation/thesis outline form
  4. budget

The budget should present adequate details about each expense (e.g, travel, photocopying, subject payments and any other charges). A budget justification, an explanation of the relationship of the budget items to project activities, should follow the budget. For details on eligible budget expenses, see application form below. 

  1. applicant's curriculum vitae (CV)

Questions about the eligibility of particular budget items or questions pertaining to the preparation of applications should be addressed to Terri Renaud before submitting an application.

Thesis/Dissertation Research Support application

Please submit the proposal to the Graduate School, 5057 Woodward, Suite 6305.

Graduate Student Professional Travel Awards

The Graduate School provides funding to departments to support graduate students' professional travel to national and international conferences to present their research. These awards are made by departments, in consultation with the dean's office in their school or college. Awards are made up to a maximum of $500 per student and require a matching amount from the department or college.


  • Student must present their research at the conference
  • Check with your department for any additional guidelines or eligibility requirements


For application details, contact your advisor or dean's office within your school or college.

Heberlein Teaching Award

These awards, established by contributions from the former Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Gary Heberlein, recognize Wayne State graduate students for demonstrating instructional excellence. The awards are designed, in part, to elevate the attention given to teaching as part of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students to serve as college and university faculty. The awards include an honorarium and a citation that will be presented at the Academic Recognition Ceremony. 

See previous recipients


The Heberlein Teaching Award competition is open to all graduate students who are currently enrolled in a Wayne State graduate program and who have teaching responsibilities at the university.


  • The Heberlein Teaching Award recipients are determined through the nomination process below.
  • Nomination materials
  • Nominations should be made by the department chair using the nomination form.
  • Nominations must also include:
    • Letters of support from the department chair (please note any departmental awards for teaching won by the student) and other letters of support (up to three total)
    • The nominee's teaching portfolio (specific instructions are on the nomination form) 
    • A one-page table summary of the Student Evaluation of Teaching scores (no comments)
    • A current curriculum vitae
  • Nomination materials cannot exceed 15 pages.

Nomination deadline: December 18, 2020

Heberlein nomination form

Summer Dissertation Award

The Graduate School holds an annual competition for Summer Dissertation Award for advanced Ph.D. students. The award period covers the months of June, July and August, and provides summer support to recipients while they work full time on their dissertations.

Consideration will be given to Ph.D. candidates who have an approved prospectus on file and anticipate defending their dissertations within the academic year following the award period. The application requires the signed endorsement of the dissertation advisor, confirming that the student has sufficient resources and faculty support to conduct full-time dissertation work during the summer. The most recent Annual Review/Individual Development Plan must also be included in the application. See application below for full details.


Consideration for awards will be given to Ph.D. students who have:

  • Satisfied all the requirements of their degrees except the final oral defense
  • Not exceeded the seven-year limit for completion
  • Have completed sufficient work on their dissertation projects, plus have resources and faculty support in place to devote full-time to completing and defending their dissertation by May 31, 2021; students who plan to defend in spring/summer 2020 are not eligible
  • Not previously received a Summer Dissertation Fellowship
  • Been continuously enrolled following a successful prospectus hearing

Note that as stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.


Application deadline: December 6, 2019 

Summer Dissertation application

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.