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Why Support Graduate Education?

Graduate students are valued members of our university community who contribute substantially to the teaching, research, and service missions of the University of Georgia. When they depart with their graduate degrees, they make positive impacts in their communities as distinguished thought leaders, scholars, and experts.

The UGA graduate education community provides academic training and support for graduate students in our wide-ranging, world-class programs. At the same time, graduate students may face financial precarity while pursuing their degrees. With robust funding for graduate education, we can attract the most nationally and  internationally competitive students to UGA, and mitigate financial barriers so that they can complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Our vision is that all students who are admitted into advanced degree programs at the University of Georgia have opportunities for financial assistance and funding that will match their needs and disciplinary focus. Graduate education has the potential to transform society on local, national and global scales. With your assistance, we can improve access to graduate education and transform the lives of our students and our society.

Where is my support most needed?

The priority for the Graduate School is to establish endowed funds that support fellowships to help us recruit exceptionally qualified graduate students. Below are three funds established to support students in their graduate studies; whether its support for research, merit-based, or unexpected hardships:

  • The Graduate Education Advancement Fund provides merit-based fellowship support for graduate students from all disciplines.
  • The Dean’s Award Fund assists graduate students in defraying the cost of doing research for their dissertations or theses and thereby helps them complete their degrees. These funds are not used for travel to professional meetings; they assist students in collecting data or performing some other aspect of their research.
  • The Graduate School Emergency Fund supports graduate students in times of unexpected hardship such as a job loss, medical emergency, and many other unforeseen circumstances.  These funds are often used to cover medical and living expenses.  For some students this is the life-line they need to continue and complete their graduate studies.

Learn more about financial assistance and funding opportunities for UGA Graduate Education.

How can I support Graduate Education at UGA?

Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Ron Walcott (706) 542-6392 to discuss how you can support graduate students.


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