About the Ruby Fellows Program

“Becoming a Ruby Fellow at West Virginia University will change your life—and it will help you change the world. Working with brilliant faculty and staff mentors, you will advance knowledge on some of our nation’s most critical issues, such as energy, national security, and biotechnology. I encourage you to apply for this highly competitive program. Now is the time to start building a bright future for yourself, for West Virginia, and for our world.” – E. Gordon Gee, Ph.D., WVU President

The prestigious Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellows Program allows select doctoral students to work with nationally recognized faculty in their fields of study. Ruby Fellowships support research in four areas:

  • Energy and environmental sciences
  • Nanotechnology and material science
  • Biological, biotechnological, and biomedical sciences
  • Biometrics, security, forensic sciences, and related identification technologies

The fellowship’s financial support is intended to allow incoming doctoral level scholars to commit themselves fully to expanding their talents and using their research to benefit the people of West Virginia, the nation, and the world. Ruby Scholars receive a competitive support package, including:

  • $30,000 stipend
  • Waiver or payment of university and college tuition and fees
  • Graduate student health insurance
  • Up to $2,000 annually for professional development travel