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Scholarships and Awards

WVU Graduate Physics and Astronomy Scholarship and Award Opportunities: 

There are a number of fellowships available to well qualified graduate students. The list below gives the scholarship name, its intent, the eligibility, and the award. If you are interested in applying, please do the following:

(1) Determine which scholarships and/or awards you are eligible to apply for. You may apply for more than one in a given year on one application.
(2) Scroll beneath the scholarship descriptions and find the application form. Download it, fill it out, and send it to Physics-Scholarships@mail.wvu.edu. Be sure you satisfy the eligibility requirements before completing the application!

The deadline for submissions for 2020 is April 9, 2020 – applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. All scholarships & awards use a common application found at the bottom of this page.

GRADUATE PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP AND AWARD OPPORTUNITIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

Robert T. Bruhn Research Award and Research Trust Fund Bruhn Physics Research Award

Description – Funding to support the research effort of a graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in nanotechnology and material science

Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in physics, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester


Oleg D. and Valentina P. Jefimenko Physics Fellowship

Description – A Graduate Fellowship to advance research in energy and environmental sciences as well as nanotechnology and material sciences activities in the department.

Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester


Carl A. Rotter Graduate Teaching Award in Physics

Description – Recognition for outstanding teaching either in the classroom or the laboratory.

Scholarship Information – This award was established by Mary Ann Hayes-Rotter, wife of Professor Carl Rotter, to recognize and celebrate her husband’s abiding interest in physics education and teacher preparation. Rotter taught high school physics and mathematics for several years after earning a B.S. in physics at St. Mary’s University in 1958. He returned to academia and earned a Ph.D. in solid state physics at Case-Western Reserve University in 1966, and that same year he came to WVU as an assistant professor. During his 36 years on faculty, Rotter was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including being named the West Virginia Professor of the Year in 1988 by CASE and an Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Teaching in 1996. 

Eligibility – Was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least one semester in the previous calendar year, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester, has not won the award twice previously
Award – Name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office and approximately $1,000, which may be used in a variety of ways depending on student need: for example, salary enhancement, funds for teaching development, travel support, research support, scholarship aid, etc.
Note – By nomination from Laboratory Manager or Physics Faculty only.


Dr. Mohindar S. Seehra Research Award and Research Trust Fund Seehra Research Award

Description – Recognition of a doctoral student who is advancing research in physics by publishing his/her research in high-quality peer-reviewed physics journals
Scholarship Information – Established by Dr. Mohindar Seehra, professor emeritus of physics at WVU, who was initially educated in India before completing his doctorate in the United States. He joined the faculty of WVU in 1969, and has since been active in the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a researcher and teacher. 

Eligibility – Currently enrolled graduate student in physics, will be enrolled full time in following Fall semester


Arthur Weldon Prize

Description – Funding to recognize an academically outstanding student in their first year of graduate school in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at WVU.

Eligibility – Currently enrolled first-year graduate students in physics


O. Rex Ford Scholarship for Physics

Description – This scholarship recognizes high grades by physics/astronomy majors. 

Eligibility – This scholarship may be awarded to undergraduate or graduate physics majors (or pre-majors) who have a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA.


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Description – Given to an excellent teaching assistant in Physics

Eligibility – Was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for at least one semester in the previous calendar year

Award – Name on plaque in Department of Physics and Astronomy main office

Note – By nomination from Laboratory Manager or Physics Faculty only


Download this application to apply for Physics Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards

Email Amanda Dymacek if you are interested in making a donation to start a new scholarship or award

Office of Graduate Education & Life Fellowships

Please follow this link: http://financialaid.wvu.edu/students/graduate 

National Fellowships

Beyond WVU there are nationally competitive fellowships, including for example:

NSF Graduate Fellowship
Fusion Energy Sciences Fellowship

For more information please contact the Chair of the Graduate Recruitment Committee, Maura Mclaughlin.