Funding your graduate education

There are many different types and sources of funding available to assist graduate students in meeting their educational and research needs. These include assistantships, fellowships, grants for research or conference travel, support for students facing unexpected financial hardship, and more.

Applicants wishing to be considered for UGA-administered assistantships and awards should ensure that their materials are submitted in a timely manner. Many departments and programs have deadlines that are earlier than those set by the Graduate School. For some programs, deadlines for incoming students are as early as December.

Explore all of the options that match your needs:

Funding Opportunities
  • Funding From the Graduate School
    The Graduate School offers a variety of awards and scholarships, tuition waivers, research grants, funding for conference travel, and a Dissertation Completion Award. **Please note that students do not apply directly for any Graduate School award or scholarship. They must be nominated by their graduate program.**
  • Assistantships
    Graduate assistantships provide a stipend, tuition waiver, and a University contribution toward student health insurance and are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students. These require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties. Assistantships also require the individual to be enrolled as a full-time student with a course load of at least twelve graduate credit hours in fall and spring semesters and nine graduate credit hours in summer. Ask your Graduate Coordinator what assistantships may be available to you.
  • Travel Grants
    The Graduate School provides competitive travel funding for students presenting their research at conferences and professional meetings. Please consult the Travel Grant webpage for information on eligibility and deadlines.
  • Scholarships & Fellowships
    The Graduate School administers many scholarships and fellowships, each with a different area of emphasis. Additionally, more may be available from your academic department as well as from external private, non-profit, and government organizations.
  • External Funding
    External fellowships, scholarships, and grants often emphasize specific areas of study, support students from particular backgrounds, or fund student research. In addition to providing financial support, these awards sometimes also provide valuable professional development.
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