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Financial Support



The college and other units across campus provide support for graduate students through part-time assistantships as well as merit-based fellowships.


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.

University Fees

Beginning fall 2022, graduate students on assistantships will no longer pay mandatory fees (library fee, technology fee, etc.) and differential tuition (charges associated with certain colleges). Such fees will now be covered by the university.


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

  • 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.