Funding Programs for Graduate Students

Many incoming students receive financial support, primarily in the form of teaching and research assistantships or University fellowships. Others secure funding through extramural grants or fellowships. Major sources of support are described below.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships provide academic-year (9-month) support plus tuition remission. Assistantships offer full stipends and require students to devote 20 hours/week to the department's undergraduate courses. Duties vary by course but typically include preparing course plans and lecture materials, preparing and proctoring examinations, grading assigned papers, conducting review and help sessions, and maintaining regular office hours for meeting students. Assistants assigned to courses with lab or recitation sections may have the instructional responsibilities for one or more weekly sections. To apply for funding through a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the HK Department, a Teaching Assistant Competency Application form (doc / pdf) must be completed and emailed directly to the Graduate Coordinator. For full consideration, this form should be submitted by January 31. Teaching assistantships commence in the fall semester.

Graduate Research Assistantships

A faculty member with an extramural (e.g., federally funded) research grant can offer half- or quarter-time research assistantships to the students they advise. Students supported through these grants work on research project(s) from which their financial support is derived.

University-sponsored Fellowships for Incoming Students

Support is also available for qualified students through competitive funding programs provided by the University. Fellowship programs for recruiting outstanding Ph.D. students to graduate programs at Purdue University include the following:

Nominations for the above fellowships are made on a competitive basis on behalf of the applicant by the department upon receipt and review of the completed admission application.

Additional fellowship program are available to support the recruitment of outstanding students who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student body through the recruitment of students with diverse backgrounds, views and experiences. These fellowships include the following:

Nominations for the above fellowships are also made on a competitive basis on behalf of the applicant by the department upon receipt and review of the completed admission application. For these fellowships, a Diversity Essay must be included as part of the application package.

University-sponsored Fellowships for Existing Students

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship provides up to a 12-months of funding with stipend, tuition waiver, and medical insurance supplement. The competitive fellowship opportunity is specifically targeted to doctoral students at the dissertation phase. The College is allocated a number of Bilslands that are awarded through a competitive process. Because there are fewer fellowships than departments in the college, no department is guaranteed a Bilsland. Students submit applications internally and the top two ranked fellowships (ranked by a Faculty committee) are forwarded to the College competition. Application consists of an executive summary of the dissertation research, CV, and supporting letter from the primary advisor. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy at the time the award begins and must graduate by the summer semester of the academic year following the competition.

Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Grants:

One-year award made by the Office of the Vice President for Research to assist faculty who supervise Ph.D. research in the development of new or the continuation of ongoing research projects by providing support for a half-time (0.50FTE) PRF Research Assistantship. The College of Health & Human Sciences is allocated a number of PRF Grants that are awarded through a competition. Applications are submitted internally, an HK Department committee ranks the submissions, and the top-ranked submissions are sent to the College. A College committee, coordinated by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, makes final award decisions. Application typically consists of a cover page; five-page, double-spaced research proposal (plus references); CV of faculty member; and nomination letter for the student the grant would support (if that student is known at the time of application).

Extramural Fellowships:

Incoming and continuing students can also apply for individual predoctoral training awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. These fellowships provide 12-month support and fee remission and have award periods of up to 3 years. Unlike the sources of support described above, these fellowships require a separate application to the awarding agency by the student with a letter of support from the major professor. For additional information about these opportunities contact each agency directly.

For currently enrolled students, Purdue awards a number of Fellowship Incentive Grants on a competitive basis for students applying for extramural support from selected agencies or programs.

Funding may also be available through academic organizations in your field of study and foundations. Your major professor can help you identify which funding programs you should pursue.

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