The following funding opportunities are offered through the Graduate School. Nominations for these wards must come from your graduate coordinator.

 Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements

 

Presidential Graduate Fellow Award 

(Nomination deadline: January 22, 2021)

This prestigious, highly competitive award was established to recruit exceptionally qualified students to our doctoral programs. Nominations for this award are presented to the Graduate School by individual departments or interdisciplinary programs in late January.

The award consists of a $10,000 supplemental award added annually to graduate assistantships provided by academic units. The supplement is for four years. During that time The Graduate School will pay mandatory student fees, provide travel support of $1,000 per year, offer regular programming that emphasizes professional/leadership development, and host regular meetings with senior university leadership.

Presidential Fellows recipients must register for a minimum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters and nine (9) graduate credit hours if registered during the Summer semester. Additionally, Fellows are expected to engage in research under the guidance of their faculty mentor and take advanced-level courses.

Presidential Fellows are required to take a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course before the Fall semester of the following year. To meet this obligation, the Graduate School offers GRSC 8550 (Responsible Conduct of Research) in both the spring and fall semesters. Alternatively, several departments offer suitable RCR Courses.  Each new Presidential Fellows recipient is also required to prepare and submit an Individual Development Plan and a Mentor-Mentee Compact before the Fall semester of the following year.

 

Graduate School Doctoral Fellow Award

(Nomination deadline: February 1, 2021)

The Graduate School Doctoral Fellows Award has replaced the GREAT Fellowship. The Graduate School Doctoral Fellows Award welcomes nominations from any program on campus. Nominators must demonstrate relevance to one or more of the research priorities outlined in the University’s Great Commitments. Nominations for this award are presented to the Graduate School by individual departments in early February.

The award consists of a $7,000 supplemental award added annually to graduate assistantships provided by academic units. Fellows will receive four years of support and must hold a departmental or extramurally-funded assistantship for the duration of the award. Fellows can serve as GTAs in any year of the award.

Graduate School Doctoral Fellows recipients must register for a minimum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters and nine (9) graduate credit hours if registered during the Summer semester. Additionally, they are expected to engage in research under the guidance of the faculty mentor and take advanced-level courses.

Graduate School Doctoral Fellows are required to take a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course before the Fall semester of the following year. To meet this obligation, the Graduate School offers GRSC 8550 (Responsible Conduct of Research) in both the spring and fall semesters. Alternatively, several departments offer suitable RCR Courses. Each new Graduate School Doctoral Fellow Award recipient is also required to prepare and submit an Individual Development Plan and a Mentor-Mentee Compact before the Fall semester of the following year.

 

Graduate School Master’s Fellow Award

(Nomination deadline: February 1, 2021)

The Graduate School Master’s Fellow Award has replaced the GAIN Fellowship. The Graduate School Master’s Fellow Award welcomes nominations from any program on campus. Nominators must demonstrate relevance to one or more of the research priorities outlined in the University’s Great Commitments. Nominations for this award are presented to the Graduate School by individual departments in early February.

The award will consist of a $4,000 supplemental award added annually to graduate assistantships provide by academic units. Fellows will receive two years of support and must hold a departmental or extramurally-funded assistantship for the duration of the award. Fellows can serve as GTAs in any year of the fellowship and will participate in a University-level graduate research symposium to highlight the University’s research/scholarly enterprise and hone their presentation skills.

Graduate School Master’s Fellow Award recipients must register for a minimum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters and nine (9) graduate credit hours if registered during the Summer semester. Additionally, they are expected to engage in research under the guidance of the faculty mentor and take advanced-level courses.

Graduate School Master’s Fellows are required to take a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course before the Fall semester of the following year. To meet this obligation, the Graduate School offers GRSC 8550 (Responsible Conduct of Research) in both the spring and fall semesters. Alternatively, several departments offer suitable RCR Courses.  Each new Graduate School Master’s Fellow recipient is also required to prepare and submit an Individual Development Plan and a Mentor-Mentee Compact before the Fall semester of the following year.

 

Dissertation Completion Award

(Nomination deadline: February26, 2021)

Dissertation completion assistantships are awarded to doctoral students in their final year of study on a competitive basis. Students must be nominated by their program, and nominations are reviewed by a faculty panel. These assistantships allow the student to devote time to the completion of their dissertation by relieving them of departmental teaching or research duties. At the completion of the assistantship award, the student is expected to have finished the dissertation and graduated.

Dissertation Completion Award recipients will be hired as graduate research assistants, with a 10-month stipend of $21,000. Students will be responsible for a reduced matriculation fee of just $25 per semester and fees of $1,145 per semester (as of Spring 2020) for one year.  Recipients must register for a minimum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Dissertation Completion Award recipients are required to prepare an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

 

VIP Research Incentive Assistantships (RIAS)

(As requested by department)

For research grants that include the cost of full-time in-state tuition for graduate research assistant(s) in the funded award, the University will return 1.5 times the tuition funds to the Principal Investigator’s home department. These funds must be used to cover the cost of an assistantship for additional Ph.D. student(s) (not tuition). The university’s portion of any new assistantship’s cost of benefits would also be covered centrally by UGA. For additional information, please review the RIAS description and related documents.

 

Graduate School Block Grants (GSBG)

Graduate School Block Grants are awarded to schools and colleges to be used for student stipends and other expenses related to recruiting. Units will be notified by early November of their stipend allocation for the following academic year.

 

Research Out-Of-State Tuition Waivers

(New Student Nomination Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2021)

(Returning Student Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021)

The Graduate School awards a limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers to degree-seeking domestic students who are classified as non-residents for the state of Georgia through the Board of Regents’ Research and Comprehensive University tuition waiver program.  The Regents’ Research Out-Of-State Tuition (ROOST) awards are based on applicants’ academic performance and the recommendations from their graduate coordinators.  The waiver lasts for one academic year and is renewed each term of that academic year, contingent upon recipients earning at least a 3.00 graduate grade point average based on twelve hours of graduate course work in the fall and spring semesters and nine hours of graduate level coursework during the summer.  These awards waive only the non-resident portion of the student’s tuition.  Students interested in being nominated for this award should contact the graduate coordinator of their major department.  Being nominated does not guarantee receipt of a waiver. Students must have a 3.5 GPA to be nominated the following year. If student has an assistantship at the time of candidacy and later needs the out-of-state tuition waiver, the student must submit the Application for Waiver of Graduate Out-of-State tuition form in Grad Status before the start of the term in which the waiver is needed.

ROOST waivers previously awarded by the Graduate School to international students will now be awarded by the Office of Global Engagement. For more information on this award, please contact the Office of Global Engagement at (immigration@uga.edu)

 

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers for Candidacy

Doctoral students who are admitted to candidacy will automatically be granted an out-of-state tuition waiver by Graduate School staff if they do not have an assistantship waiver. The waiver will be effective the semester following the semester in which the student is admitted to candidacy (must be admitted prior to the last day of classes).

Masters students who are required to submit a thesis to the Graduate School are eligible for an out-of-state waiver after all courses on the program of study have received a grade with the exception of 7000 (research) & 7300 (thesis writing). A program of study form must be on file in the Graduate School. All students in this category must submit the Application for Waiver of Graduate Out-of-State Tuition to the Graduate School by the last day of classes for the semester prior to the eligible semester.

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