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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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No.  There is a specific link to a GRS page where you must accept your award.  The link is provided in your official award letter.  If you cannot locate your letter, please e-mail to request the link to accept your scholarship.

If you are a PhD student receiving a full fellowship, you may contact our office.  If your registration changed after your scholarship was initially processed (e.g., you added a course), your scholarship may not be updated yet.   We will be updating scholarships once the add/drop period ends, but we are happy to update your award more quickly if you contact our office.

Your department may have informally indicated your funding, but the GRS Financial Aid Office must officially process the award.   Once your award is officially made you will receive a letter from our office detailing the award.  Please make sure you update your local address on the Student Link – this is where we send all correspondence to you.

If you have already received an official letter from our office, but still have questions regarding your award, please call or e-mail

The short answer is no.  GRS scholarships are intended to cover your tuition costs for courses that are required for your degree or specific dissertation research  (with approval by your department).

There is one scenario in which a PDP course will not result in additional charges. If you are enrolled in 12-18 credits, you are considered full-time and charged the standard full-time tuition rate.   Therefore, if you enroll in 12 degree credits and 1 PDP course, your PDP will not incur additional charges, and this would be acceptable.  However, if your degree credits fall below 12 credits, you will be less than full-time by enrollment and your tuition will be assessed on a per-credit basis.  In this case, your scholarship would be adjusted to cover your degree courses only, and the PDP course would be your responsibility.

Therefore, we highly suggest you contact our office before the add/drop period ends if you are unsure as to whether a PDP is going to cause an additional charge on your student account.