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Types of Funding

Students are encouraged to explore several funding options available to a graduate student at Purdue. Below are some of the most common types of graduate student funding at the University. Please note that some external funding is not available to international students. 


Graduate assistantships allow graduate students to work for a specific University unit in exchange for certain benefits, including a stipend, tuition, and fee waivers and medical insurance supplements.

Over 60 percent of Purdue graduate students are on assistantships. Assistantship positions are hired at the department or unit level. Please contact your department for more information on assistantship opportunities.


A fellowship is a financial award made by the University or an external agency to support students during a portion of their graduate degree programs. Fellowships from Purdue are selected on the basis of academic merit and awarded when students apply through their academic unit.

Many graduate students are awarded fellowships each year, either by the University or by external agencies. Fellowship benefits include a stipend, a tuition scholarship and medical insurance supplements.

Typically, when graduate students apply for admission, your academic program will consider you for available fellowships without a separate application. Some fellowship opportunities are open for student applications, while others are faculty-awarded and therefore not open.


Small, supplemental grants are available to graduate students at Purdue, including travel grants, training grants and child care grants.

Travel grants provide graduate students with funds for travel, and training grants provide funds to develop professional skills. Child care grants are available to subsidize child care expenses for graduate students with children.

Most grants are open for student applications.


Scholarships are performance-based payments, rather than need-based payments, to students to support their education. Scholarship money is widely available to qualified applicants and is not required to be repaid.

Loans and Financial Aid

Various loans and financial aid options are available to help fund graduate studies at Purdue. In general, students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for student loans. More loan and financial aid information can be obtained from Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid

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