In the present study, the stability of the photogenerated, solvent-separated charged states of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) in the presence of N,N-diethylaniline (DEA) has been evaluated in a series of organic solvents. The results indicate that the rate constant for back electron transfer (kBET) from GQD radical anion to DEA radical cation is diffusion-controlled. As a result of the diffusion-controlled back electron transfer (BET), kBET exhibits an inverse exponential relation to (a) the viscosity coefficient (η) of the solvent and (b) the average radius of the graphene quantum dots. An analytical expression for the diffusion-controlled back electron transfer rate constant has been formulated. The dependence of kBET on the diffusion of solvent-separated ion pairs has been evaluated for the first time for quantum dot systems and the results provide an efficient method for enhancing the lifetime of the photogenerated charge-separated states from graphene quantum dots. The present findings can potentially improve the performance of GQD-based photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices. © 2018 American Chemical Society.