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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. After earning their graduate degrees, they often 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, some graduate students may face financial precarity while pursuing their degrees. With robust funding, we can attract the most competitive graduate 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 graduate degree programs at the University of Georgia have opportunities for financial assistance and funding that will match their needs. 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 Graduate School’s top priority is to establish endowed funds that support fellowships to help us recruit exceptional graduate students. Below are three funds established to support students in their graduate studies, whether it is research/scholarship-specific, merit-based, or due to unexpected hardships:

  • The Graduate Education Advancement Fund  provides merit-based fellowship support for graduate students from all disciplines.
  • The Graduate Degree Accelerator, formerly known as the Dean’s Award, is a mechanism to assist doctoral students in overcoming obstacles that may be hindering their progress toward degree completion.
  • 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 a critical lifeline that allows them to continue and complete their graduate studies.

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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