Graduate Student North Star Award

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The North Star Award

At CWRU, we stand true to our North Star, which reads: Case Western Reserve is a high-impact research university that aspires to be a community where humanity, science and technology meet to create a just and thriving world.

We invite scholars from our partnering Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to join our graduate and professional student community in its quest toward this North Star. Students who meet the discipline-based qualifications and matriculate from one of our partner institutions will be considered for the North Star Award.  Not only are application fees waived, but selected scholars will automatically receive at least a 30% tuition award from the Office of the Provost.  In addition, selected North Star Award recipients will join a community of peers and colleagues who will support one another and grow together in their understanding and journey toward contributing to a just and thriving world.  


Application Deadline: March 15

While application deadlines vary among departments, those students who would like to be considered for the North Star Award must apply by March 15, 2021.

**Please Note: The "Additional Details" page of the application asks, "Would you like to be considered for the North Star Graduate Student Award?" Be sure to confirm your interest by checking "Yes!"

Online Application


Participating Programs & Admissions Information

Visit the links for additional information about specific, school-based programs. For admissions questions, applicants should reach out directly to the program or department to which they are applying.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers North Star Awards for the following programs.

Master of Arts

Master of Science

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing offers North Star Awards for the following programs. For additional details please download this program overview.

Master of Science, Master of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offers North Star Awards for the following programs.**Note: The School will offer awards covering 50% of tuition in the programs below.

Master of Science in Social Administration 

Master of Nonprofit Organizations

The School of Dental Medicine offers North Star Awards for the following programs.

DMD/Master's in Public Health

The School of Law offers North Star Awards for all Master's programs and its JD Programs. The below list is a snapshot of programs from January 2021. For complete details, visit case.edu/law/academics. **Note: additional benefits for qualified students maybe be available on top of the North Star Award.

Master's in Patent Practice

Master of Arts in Financial Integrity

Master of Law (LLM) Programs

Juris Doctor (JD)

The School of Medicine offers North Star Awards for the following programs.**Note: All listed programs have a cap of two (2) North Star Awards for the first year of the program.

Master of Art

Master of Science

Master of Public Health

Postbac for MD Career Path

The Weatherhead School of Management offers North Star Awards for the following programs.

Master's Degrees