The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Understanding Funding

Fellowships and grants

Query the Graduate School Funding Database for
  • Fellowships & Training Grants -stipend, medical supplement (optional), tuition assistance (optional)

  • Travel Grants reimburse for travel related expenses to conferences


  • Types

    • Teaching assistantships – salary, fee remit, medical insurance supplement
    • Research assistantships – salary, fee remit, medical insurance supplement
    • Administrative/professional assistantships– salary, fee remit, medical insurance supplement
  • Hourly employment

    • Tutors
    • Exam proctors
    • Note takers

Student loan

Information is available from the Division of Financial Aid (DFA) and the U.S. Department of Education. In general, students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for student loans. If you have applied for loans, your fellowship will affect them. If you are considering federal student loans, there may be two deadlines: one for the government and one for the institution you choose to attend.

Funding Basics

Most funding goes to PhD students first, then to masters thesis. Any remaining funding supports non-thesis masters. Fellowships are usually available in first 1-2 years of graduate school while dissertation fellowships support students in the final year.

Disciplinary Funding

  • Engineering and the science disciplines fund graduate students primarily through research and teaching assistantships. Fellowships fund the top students.
  • Social Sciences and the humanities graduate students are primarily funded by teaching assistantships while research assistantships and fellowships are less prevalent.

Funding Sources

  • Federal Agencies are a primary source of funds for graduate research assistantships and fellowships.
  • Foundations
  • Corporations
  • Professional Organizations
  • Disciplinary Organizations funds which support graduate assistantships.

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