Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships
Scholarships and Fellowships
- Research Assistantships (RAs)
- Teaching Assistantships (TAs)
Assistantships usually require 15 to 20 hours per week in a teaching or research role. Summer opportunities are also available, providing valuable experience as well as additional financial support.
Continuing students who wish to be considered for financial aid for the fall semester should make their requests known before March 1 of the same year. Continuing students who wish to be considered for financial aid for the spring semester should make their requests known before October 1 of the preceding year. Late requests for assistance may be considered if funds are available. Requests should be in the form of a letter addressed to either the Director of Graduate Studies or the Department Chair, and should be submitted to the Departmental Graduate Secretary.
Students interested in a TAship need to fill out the linked application form.
Limitations on the Total Amount of Financial Assistance a Student Can Receive from the University:
Limits for Tuition Scholarships
- The maximum limit for a tuition scholarship for students in the master's program is 30 credit hours (minus transfer credits) or two years, whichever comes first.
- The maximum limit for tuition scholarship for students in the Ph.D. program is 72 credit hours (minus transfer credits) or four years, whichever comes first.
- Lecturers are employees of the university and are not eligible for SEAS tuition scholarships.
- Ph.D. students entering with a master's degree from another university must attach a copy of their signed evaluation of transfer credit form to any tuition scholarship request.
- Up to three (3) credit hours of required remedial language may be excluded from the above maximums.
- Up to six (6) credit hours for undergraduate courses taken while in a graduate program of study may be excluded from the above maximums if they are recommended in writing by a graduate advisor.
- The above maximums for master's and Ph.D. programs include all credit hours of a student's graduate program regardless of the payment source for the tuition. Essentially, the first 30 hours taken toward a master's degree and the first 72 hours taken toward a Ph.D. degree are eligible for a tuition scholarship. Credit hours paid for by another division (other than the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) of the university or by the student are explicitly counted in the maximums.
Limits for State Support
- The maximum time limit for state support for students in the master's program is one and one-half years, with extension considered for another one-half year in exceptional circumstances.
- The maximum limit for state support for students in the Ph.D. program is two years beyond the master's degree or four years beyond the bachelor's degree.
- A petition for extension of the limit for state supported positions should be filed prior to the start of the semester for which the waiver is sought. Such petitions will only be approved in exceptional circumstances.
- SEAS tuition scholarship policies are established by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Academic Program Committee (Graduate).
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