Fellowships and Financial Support

While the benefits of the student experience at GW are immeasurable, we understand that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant financial investment that requires careful planning. The GW School of Business, along with our individual, alumni, corporate, and foundation donors and partners, offers a variety of merit-based fellowship programs that can help fund your education.

All prospective students who opt in to be considered for fellowship consideration in the online application are automatically considered for the GW Merit fellowship. Unless otherwise stated, no separate application is required.

In limited circumstances, current students may be eligible for certain fellowships. If funds are available to current students for the following academic year, a call for applications will be sent during the spring semester.

Below are examples of tuition fellowship opportunities offered by the GW School of Business.

Prospective students who opt in for fellowship consideration in the online application are automatically considered for all merit-based tuition awards offered by the School of Business. Admissions committees evaluate individual applications and make award decisions based on factors such as academic performance, standardized test scores, professional experience, and an evaluative interview. Funding is awarded to students at the time of admission based on the strength of the student’s application.

In addition to GW School of Business fellowships, prospective students electing to be considered for fellowship consideration in the online application are automatically considered for fellowships funded by GW’s various endowments. These endowments, administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF), are valid for one academic year and cannot be used for summer semesters. Although eligibility criteria and conditions for individual endowments vary, no separate application is required for prospective students.

Examples of endowed fellowships awarded to School of Business students in recent years include:

  • Oliver T. Carr, Jr. Scholarship for GWSB graduate students interested in real estate
  • Daewoo Endowment for graduate students who are citizens of Vietnam or China
  • Julius Fleishchman Scholarship for graduate students interest in real estate or tourism and hospitality management
  • Philip P. Friedlander, Jr. Scholarship for GWSB students with concentrations in entrepreneurship and small business studies
  • Hyundai Endowment for graduate students who are citizens of South Korea or the United States, interested in US-Korean relations, and enrolled in the programs related to information systems management, procurement and contracting, international business, accounting, or hospitality management
  • Marvin L. Kay Fellowship for graduate students interested in finance
  • Rita H. Keller Scholarship Fund for graduate students interest in international business
  • Poncelet Scholarship Endowment for Belgian and EU citizens interested in accountancy, finance, information systems, international business, logistics and material management, marketing, or science, technology, and innovation.

GW is committed diversity and the opportunities it provides to enrich the student experience both inside and beyond the classroom. The Global Leaders Fellowship identifies, supports, and empowers GW international graduate students with the potential to be future leaders in their home countries.

Eligible students must study at GW on an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa and be citizens of the following countries or regions: China, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Laos, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mongolia, Sub-Saharan Africa, USSR Successor States, or Vietnam.

Qualified students receive awards of up to $10,000 from Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) per academic year. Additionally, the GW School of Business matches these OGSAF contributions. Thus, students may receive a Global Leaders Fellowship tuition award of up to $20,000 per academic year.

The GW School of Business partners with the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) to offer GW Merit fellowships to qualified students enrolled in Specialized Master’s degree programs. Preference is given to students with financial need and at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate program.

The GW School of Business is able to provide additional funding opportunities to qualified students through gifts from various organizations. The following awards are made possible through the generosity of our supporters:

  • Fellowship for students in the MS in Business Analytics program
  • Project Management Institute Fellowship for students in the MS in Project Management program

The GW School of Business offers additional funding opportunities to MBA students, including:

  • Carruthers Family MBA Scholarship for Global MBA candidates
  • Goodwin Foundation Endowment for all MBA candidates
  • Rita Keller Endowment for MBA candidates with a concentration in international business
  • Washington Gas Light Endowment for all MBA candidates

The GW School of Business also partners with various foundations and corporations to provide additional funding resources for MBA candidates. Fellowship eligibility criteria, benefits, and application requirements vary based on individual partnerships. Please visit the MBA Partnerships page for details.

Tuition fellowships are typically offered at the time of admission, and award letters state the award terms and the enrollment and GPA requirements to maintain eligibility. Additionally, students must abide by the conditions detailed in the Graduate Award Requirements document. If a student receiving a GW fellowship fails to meet the stated conditions, the award will be rescinded.

If the award package extends beyond the academic year for which a student is admitted into their GWSB graduate program, the student will receive a renewal award letter during the spring semester for the following academic year.

Though extremely rare, there may be special situations in which the GW School of Business may grant exceptions to certain award requirements or make adjustments to award terms. To make such a request, submit the Policy Exception Request Form. All requests will be reviewed by GWSB Graduate Programs and, if necessary, the Dean’s Office. Additional information may be requested. After a decision is made, there is no appeal process.

Current students may be eligible for certain fellowships administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF). If funds are available to current students for the following academic year, a call for applications will be sent during the spring semester.

Eligibility, benefits, and application requirements vary depending on the specific fellowship, and some funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, interested students are encouraged to browse the Current Students page on the OGSAF website and apply early. The OGSAF website also contains information about external funding opportunities.

Office of Student Financial Assistance

GW offers loans and grants to support students in emergencies. To learn more, please see the Office of Student Financial Assistance’s Emergency Funding page.

Students seeking temporary emergency financial assistance are encouraged to contact Colonial Central to speak to a representative about options, eligibility, and application requirements.

GW School of Business

Depending on individual need and the availability of funds, the School of Business may provide quick-response grants to current students who are facing short-term financial emergencies. These emergency grants are intended to help students coping with unforeseen circumstances beyond their control complete their programs instead of taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from their program.

To apply, submit the online GWSB Graduate Emergency Financial Assistance Form. Applications will be reviewed by GWSB Graduate Programs and, if necessary, the Dean’s Office, and applicants will be notified of the funding decision within 3-5 business days. Additional information may be requested. Decisions are final, and there is no appeal process. Students may apply for emergency assistance from the School of Business no more than once per academic year.

The Store

The Store is a student-run food pantry supporting current GW students facing food insecurity. Seven days a week, students can access the Store using their GWorld cards and choose from a variety of food and non-food essentials that meet their needs, no questions asked. For more information, visit the Store.