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Financial Support


The main sources of financial support for graduate students at UT are graduate assistantships provided by academic departments and administrative offices of the university. Assistantships are financial awards to graduate students for part-time work in teaching, administration, or research while pursuing an advanced degree.

Assistantship appointments usually require a ten- to twenty-hour work week with an annual stipend payable in either nine or twelve monthly installments. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAssoc), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) usually receive a waiver of maintenance fees and tuition. Assistantships also provide student health insurance.

Information about assistantships can be found through advising centers, admissions offices, and through the graduate recruiter in your department.

View assistantships posted by the Graduate School

View more information about financial support for graduate students


Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for scholarship. The following awards are offered through the TCE Office of Graduate Studies:

  • Herman E. Spivey Graduate Fellowships
  • Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowships
  • Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Fellowships
  • Yates Dissertation Fellowships

Potential and current graduate students are also urged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources. These awards pay annual stipends in addition to tuition funding. Find out additional information on assistantships and fellowships.

National Research Council

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral, and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Find out more information about National Academies fellowships.

National Gem Consortium

The university is a proud member of the National Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) Consortium. Through our university and employer members, and other strategic partners, GEM develops funding to award fellowships and builds mentor networks to support Fellows in achieving academic and professional success. Find out more information about the GEM Consortium.

“In the CBE department, I have had the opportunity of interacting with knowledgeable and recognized faculty members and researchers in my field. These interactions inside and outside the classroom have contributed to my professional and personal development. Working in a diverse and dynamic environment has made a difference in my experience as an international student in the US.”

—Nelly Cantillo, PhD ’18, CBE

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