Scholarships & Financial Support

A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available to students through various projects in the department. Research assistants work on a part-time basis 12 months per year; all students must contribute to the sponsoring research project. Graduate research assistants do not pay tuition but are responsible for fees and health insurance. General information on eligibility rules for low-interest federal loans can be obtained from the Graduate School.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants may seek fellowships from their home country, or from international agencies and foundations. In order to obtain a student visa, international students must show evidence of sufficient financial resources to support their entire educational program at Oregon State. 

Group health insurance is available through Oregon State University.


Graduate Scholarships and Decision Timeline


Fall Scholarship Decisions (October)

  • William Kent Wiley, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – awarded to graduate students in grass seed science with research that addresses the needs of the grass seed industry.  First preference is for US or Canadian students.  Committee selects nominees for interviews.


Spring Scholarship Decisions (April)

  • J. Ritchie Cowan – awarded to international students with preference for Asia, interests in agronomy
  • Sheldon Ladd – awarded based on 3.0 GPA, well-rounded with community involvement
  • John and Jean Krautscheid – awarded based on soils, 3.0 GPA, well-rounded, community involvement
  • Larry Burrill – awarded based on financial need, interest in international agriculture and/or weed science