Types of Funding

Graduate Assistantships

Types:
  • Teaching Assistant – Instructional positions within your department. Duties can include lecturing, leading discussion sections, grading papers, and developing curriculum.
  • Program/Project Assistant – Assigned to conduct training, administrative responsibilities or other academic or academic support projects or programs.
  • Research Assistant – Assigned to conduct research that is for the benefit of the student’s own learning and research, and for the benefit of the University or faculty. Research assistants work closely with a member of the faculty on their research.
Benefits:
  • Graduate assistants who hold appointments at 33% of full time or more are eligible for remission of tuition for the semester(s) of appointment. Courses covered by the remission must be relevant to the student’s program of study. Students will still be responsible for segregated fees.
  • Monthly stipend. See current stipend levels.
  • Health insurance eligibility.
Availability
Most assistantships are not posted since the number available can change for each department. Some programs cannot offer assistantships. Programs that do offer assistantships decide who is awarded them based on their own process and guidelines. For more information on available assistantships, please contact your program.

For more information on graduate assistantships, please visit the Graduate Assistant Resources page.

Fellowships

The Graduate School currently offers three fellowships for full-time study, each with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin), and eligibility for state-sponsored health insurance. Fellowship recipients are responsible for paying segregated fees.

The competition for the 2015-2016 award year has ended. Next year's competition begins on 11/01/2015.

Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF)

The Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF) is for new and continuing UWM graduate students. The DGSF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship. The academic-year stipend for 2016-2017 is $15,000. Fellows receive full tuition coverage and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, Fellowship recipients may benefit from a $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. The money should be spent in accordance with UWM travel regulations by the end of the fiscal year following the year in which the fellowship award is held. The money will be spent on travel to present at a major national or international conference in the student's discipline. The DGSF is not open to doctoral students who will achieve dissertator status by the application deadline for the award.

Note: Graduate School fellowship stipends count as financial aid.

Application Procedures & Selection Process

  • Application Submission

    The fellowship application and the letters of recommendation must be submitted online to the applicant's graduate program unit by the published application deadline.

  • Program Unit Evaluation

    Following the application deadline, each unit evaluates all applications received, selects applicants for nomination, completes all nomination procedures, and forwards nominations to the campus-wide competition.

  • Selection Process

    The Graduate Faculty Committee's Subcommittee on Graduate Fellowships reviews campus-wide nominations and selects recipients.

  • Award Announcements

    All nominees of the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship receive official written notification of fellowship award decisions from the Graduate Fellowship Office.

Fellowship Compliance

All fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM during the award period. Fellows must meet the Graduate School continuation requirements each semester and comply with the following Graduate Faculty Committee regulations:
  • Fellowship recipients must carry and complete a full load of 8-12 graduate credits each semester during the academic year and a minimum of 5 graduate credits if the fellowship is held during the summer session. Doctoral candidates who have attained dissertator status must carry three dissertator credits per semester.
  • Fellowship recipients may not hold any other fellowship or scholarship concurrently with a Graduate School award, with the exception of small monetary awards, the UWM Chancellor's Graduate Student Award, or a philanthropic award.
  • Fellowship recipients may not accept full-time employment. University appointments (maximum of 25% TA, PA, or RA), or other student outside employment of up to 10 hours per week, are allowable.

Health Insurance

Fellows are eligible for health insurance benefits.

If you are interested in health insurance or other fringe benefits, you must apply within 30 days of your first contractual day in your initial UWM appointment. If a summer-session appointment is offered at the same time as a fall appointment, you must enroll within 30 days of the summer appointment. Contact the Benefits Office at benefits@uwm.edu for more information.

International students: Health and accident insurance is required of all international students attending UWM. Most international students purchase insurance from an insurance plan through CIE's International Student and Scholar Services. Please contact ISSS for information regarding an online application.

Application

Online Application

Required Application Information:

Personal Information
  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Campus ID #
  • Mailing Address
  • Home Address
  • Current Phone #(s)
  • Home Phone #
  • Gender
Academic Information
  • Graduate Degree Program
Undergraduate, Graduate, and Current Degree Information
  • Degree, Name of Institution, Date Obtained, Cumulative GPA
Achievements and other relevant information
  • Honors, previous fellowship awards, publications (peer-review journals, newsletters, etc.), major exhibitions, performances, presentations (local, regional, national conferences, student-only conferences, and annual meetings), departmental assistantships and/or other employment experiences or internships).
Letters of Recommendation
  • Email addresses of two people who will be providing your letters of recommendation, or from whom your letters of recommendation are from if choosing to use your letters of recommendation from admission.
For more information about the Distinguished Graduate Student or Distinguished Dissertation fellowship, please contact the Graduate School at 414-229-7177 or gs-fellowships-distinguished@uwm.edu.

Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

The Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) is for current UWM Ph.D. students who have either achieved dissertator status or will achieve dissertator status during the award year. The DDF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship. The academic-year fellowship stipend for 2016-2017 is $16,500. Fellows receive full tuition coverage and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, recipients may benefit from a $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. The money should be spent in accordance with UWM travel regulations by the end of the fiscal year following the year in which the fellowship award is held, but no later than the date of graduation. The money will be spent on travel to present at a major national or international conference in the student's discipline.

Note: Graduate School fellowship stipends count as financial aid.

Application Procedures & Selection Process

  • Application Submission

    The fellowship application and the letters of recommendation must be submitted online to the applicant's graduate program unit by the published application deadline.

  • Program Unit Evaluation

    Following the application deadline, each unit evaluates all applications received, selects applicants for nomination, completes all nomination procedures, and forwards nominations to the campus-wide competition.

  • Selection Process

    The Graduate Faculty Committee's Subcommittee on Graduate Fellowships reviews campus-wide nominations and selects recipients.

  • Award Announcements

    All nominees of the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship receive official written notification of fellowship award decisions from the Graduate Fellowship Office.

Fellowship Compliance

All fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM during the award period. Fellows must meet the Graduate School continuation requirements each semester and comply with the following Graduate Faculty Committee regulations:
  • Fellowship recipients must carry and complete a full load of 8-12 graduate credits each semester during the academic year and a minimum of 5 graduate credits if the fellowship is held during the summer session. Doctoral candidates who have attained dissertator status must carry three dissertator credits per semester.
  • Fellowship recipients may not hold any other fellowship or scholarship concurrently with a Graduate School award, with the exception of small monetary awards, the UWM Chancellor's Graduate Student Award, or a philanthropic award.
  • Fellowship recipients may not accept full-time employment. University appointments (maximum of 25% TA, PA, or RA), or other student outside employment of up to 10 hours per week, are allowable.

Health Insurance

Fellows are eligible for health insurance benefits.

If you are interested in health insurance or other fringe benefits, you must apply within 30 days of your first contractual day in your initial UWM appointment. If a summer-session appointment is offered at the same time as a fall appointment, you must enroll within 30 days of the summer appointment. Contact the Benefits Office at benefits@uwm.edu for more information.

International students: Health and accident insurance is required of all international students attending UWM. Most international students purchase insurance from an insurance plan through CIE's International Student and Scholar Services. Please contact ISSS for information regarding an online application.

Application

Online Application

Required Application Information:

Personal Information
  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Campus ID #
  • Mailing Address
  • Home Address
  • Current Phone #(s)
  • Home Phone #
  • Gender
Academic Information
  • Graduate Degree Program
  • Major Professor
Undergraduate, Graduate, and Current Degree Information
  • Degree, Name of Institution, Date Obtained, Cumulative GPA
Achievements and other relevant information
  • Honors, previous fellowship awards, publications (peer-review journals, newsletters, etc.), major exhibitions, performances, presentations (local, regional, national conferences, student-only conferences, and annual meetings), departmental assistantships and/or other employment experiences or internships).
Dissertation Abstract
  • Dissertation Title
  • In the space provided, please submit an abstract of your proposal. The abstract should be no more than 300 words. It must be written in clear, concise language appropriate to readers outside your discipline. Please include how your research will contribute to and/or change your discipline.
For more information about the Distinguished Dissertation fellowship, please contact the Graduate School at 414-229-7177 or gs-fellowships-distinguished@uwm.edu.

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship

The Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship is for new and continuing qualified UWM graduate students who are:
  • Members of groups underrepresented in graduate study.
  • First-generation college graduates who were eligible for Pell Grants or considered "high financial need."
  • Students with disabilities.
The AOP fellowship is renewable for up to two years for masters students and up to three years for doctoral students, subject of biennial grant renewal by the State. The academic-year fellowship stipend for 2016-2017 is $15,000. Fellows receive full tuition coverage and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, Fellows may benefit from a one time, non-renewable $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. The money should be spent in accordance with UWM travel regulations by the end of the two or three year fellowship period. The money will be spent on travel to present at a major national or international conference in the student's discipline.

AOP fellowship applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Note: Graduate School fellowship stipends count as financial aid.

Recipient Handbook

Application Procedures & Selection Process

  • Application Submission

    The fellowship application and the letters of recommendation must be submitted online to the applicant's graduate program unit by the published application deadline.

  • Program Unit Evaluation

    Following the application deadline, each unit evaluates all applications received, selects applicants for nomination, completes all nomination procedures, and forwards nominations to the campus-wide competition.

  • Selection Process

    For AOP Fellowships, the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship Selection Committee reviews campus-wide nominations and selects recipients.

  • Award Announcements

    All nominees of the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship receive official written notification of fellowship award decisions from the Graduate Diversity and Opportunities Program Office.

Fellowship Compliance

All fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM during the award period. Fellows must meet the Graduate School continuation requirements each semester and comply with the following Graduate Faculty Committee regulations:
  • Fellowship recipients must carry and complete a full load of 8-12 graduate credits each semester during the academic year and a minimum of 5 graduate credits if the fellowship is held during the summer session. Doctoral candidates who have attained dissertator status must carry three dissertator credits per semester.
  • Fellowship recipients may not hold any other fellowship or scholarship concurrently with a Graduate School award, with the exception of small monetary awards or the UWM Chancellor's Graduate Student Award.
  • Fellowship recipients may not accept full-time employment. University appointments (maximum of 25% TA, PA, or RA), or other student outside employment of up to 10 hours per week, are allowable.

Health Insurance

Fellows are eligible for health insurance benefits.

If you are interested in health insurance or other fringe benefits, you must apply within 30 days of your first contractual day in your initial UWM appointment. If a summer-session appointment is offered at the same time as a fall appointment, you must enroll within 30 days of the summer appointment. Contact the Benefits Office at benefits@uwm.edu for more information.

International students: Health and accident insurance is required of all international students attending UWM. Most international students purchase insurance from an insurance plan through CIE's International Student and Scholar Services. Please contact ISSS for information regarding an online application.

Application

Online Application

AOP Fellowship Required Information

  1. Academic Information
    • Graduate Program
  2. Personal Information
    • Name
    • Email Address
    • Campus ID #
    • Mailing Address
    • Home Address
    • Current Phone #(s)
    • Home Phone #
    • Gender
    • Have you ever participated in any of the following TRIO pre-college or undergraduate programs for students? Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, McNair, Project 1000, Other.
    • Heritage: African American, Southeast Asian (specify nationality), American Indian/ Alaskan Native, Latino/a (specify nationality), Caucasian, Other (specify).
  3. Undergraduate, Graduate, and Current Degree Information
  4. Statement of Academic Goals
  5. Financial Eligibility All applicants must complete this section. Additional pages beyond this space will not be reviewed.

    Statement of Confidentiality: The information contained in this portion of the application is for the purpose of determining the applicant's financial eligibility for the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship. Information received will be kept confidential. If for any reason you are not accepted into the Program your income information will be returned to you upon request.

    Section A (For applicants under the age of 25)
    • Do you receive financial support from, or live with your parents?
    • What is the size of your parents' household, including yourself?
    • Did your parents file a Federal Income Tax Return for 2013?
      • If yes, what was their 2013 taxable income?
        • IRS FORM 1040 - Line 42
        • IRS FORM 1040A - Line 15
        • IRS FORM 1040EZ - Line 6
    Section B (To be completed by all applicants)
    • What is the size of your household, including yourself and other dependents?
    • Did you file a Federal Income Tax Return for 2013?
      • If yes, what was your 2013 taxable income?
        • IRS FORM 1040 - Line 41
        • IRS FORM 1040A - Line 27
        • IRS FORM 1040EZ - Line 6
    Section C
    • Mother's Name
    • Her Highest Degree Earned, if any (check one): Did not complete High School, High School, Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., J.D., M.D.
    • Father's Name
    • Highest Degree Earned, if any (check one): Did not complete High School, High School, Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D., J.D., M.D.
    • Product of the Child Welfare System (if information of birth parents is not available)
    • Please provide additional comments describing your economically disadvantaged (i.e. high financial need status as an undergraduate or Pell Grant recipient, time spent in Child Welfare system) and/or other underrepresented status in higher education.
  6. Disabilities

    We request that students with a documented disability present that information to ensure they have access to services to which they are entitled. Please give a brief description.
  7. Other Relevant Information

    What other relevant information would you like the Selection Committee to consider in reviewing your application (e.g. awards, honors, publications, major exhibitions, performances and employment experience or internships)?
  8. Letters of Recommendation

    Email addresses of two people who will be providing your letters of recommendation.
  9. Certification

    I certify that the information provided by me in this application is correct and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the University has the right to terminate any award assistance if information has been misrepresented. I understand that AOP Fellowships are for full-time study exclusively, and that only limited concurrent employment (TA/PA/RA of up to 25% or other hourly employment of up to 10 hours/week) is allowed.

AOP Fellowship Renewal Required Information

  • AOP Fellow Name
  • Graduate Program Degree Sought
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Are you planning on switching from a master's degree to a doctoral degree during the award year?
  • Provide a plan of study that details the courses you plan to take during the funding period requested in your aop renewal application.

    Plan of study for academic year of fellowship:
    • Special Project/Thesis/Research
    • Prospective Coursework
    • Conferences/ Presentations

Graduate Fellowship Recipient Exception Form

If, due to extenuating circumstances, you must deviate from compliance with fellowship regulations, please complete the Graduate Fellowship Recipient Exception Form as follows:
  1. Complete Part I of the form.
  2. Obtain departmental support and the appropriate signatures in Part II.
  3. For Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships or Distinguished Dissertation Fellowships:
    Return the completed exception form to the Graduate Fellowship Office, Mitchell Hall 247, or mail it to the following address:

    Graduate Fellowship Coordinator
    Graduate School
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    P.O. Box 340
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

    For AOP Fellowships:
    Return the completed exception form to the GDOP Office, Mitchell Hall 239, or mail it to the following address:

    GDOP
    Graduate School
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    P.O. Box 340
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Guide to Receiving Your Reimbursement
Graduate Student Travel Awards Application

Overview
Follow these important procedures before, during, and after your trip to ensure full reimbursement of eligible expenses.

The Graduate Student Travel Awards offers partial funding to UWM master's and doctoral students for presenting scholarly and creative works developed while in your UWM graduate degree program. The events to which you travel must be hosted by an academic or professional organization related to your discipline, and include conferences, performances, or exhibitions. Such activities are an important part of the professional development of graduate students, offering opportunities to receive review of your work, and to establish professional networks, contacts for collaborative research, and sources of potential future employment. Travel to major regional, national, or international meetings in your discipline is the best use of this program. Funded amounts vary depending on distance, receipt of prior support through this program, and other current support. The average award amount is $400. Funding is provided as reimbursement of expenses after the travel has been completed.

Eligibility

  • You must be enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  • Your presentation, performance, or exhibition must be officially recognized by the sponsoring academic or professional organization. Evidence of this -a letter or notice of acceptance or link to (or PDF of) the program schedule showing your participation- is required before funds will be released.
  • Applications are not accepted for events occurring after graduation from your program.

Application

  • You are encouraged to submit applications as far as possible before the event.
  • You are also encouraged to seek travel support through your degree program to supplement any award you receive through the Graduate Student Travel Awards.
  • You may not apply more than six months after the event.

Program Limitations

There is a cumulative limit of $1,000 per student for each graduate degree program in which the student is enrolled. (Additional travel funding for research presentations is provided to recipients of the Advanced Opportunity Program, Distinguished Graduate Student, and Distinguished Dissertation fellowships.)

In addition to the cumulative funding cap, awards for the Graduate Student Travel Awards are limited to two per student per year (July 1 through June 30).

Travel Guidelines

  • Awardees must comply with the State and campus travel policies and procedures and any other School or College instructions. You will only be reimbursed for eligible expenses for the least expensive method of travel, which is not necessarily by automobile. In other words, you may travel by whatever method you choose, but your reimbursement will be limited to the least expensive method.
  • Students who are planning to drive personal vehicles or rental cars must be registered and authorized by UWM. See the Drivers and Vehicles website .
  • The Guide to Receiving Your Reimbursement has important information on making travel arrangements and the documentation you will need for reimbursement of eligible expenses.

Student Loans

A loan is money you borrow to help pay for your educational expenses. You will have to pay back any loans with interest, so it's important to only accept what you need. By submitting your FAFSA, you are evaluated for federal student loans.

Always accept any gift aid you are offered first. Once awarded, you may see both subsidized and unsubsidized loans offered. Subsidized loans don't collect interest as long as you maintain half-time enrollment status (four credits for graduate students). Subsidized loans should be accepted before borrowing unsubsidized loans, which begin accruing interest as soon as funds disburse to your university account.

Once your loan funds have disbursed, you'll receive information from your Loan Servicer. They will be your main contact for making payments, qualifying for loan deferments, loan balance inquiries, and any other questions specific to your loan. If you have general questions about loans, you can contact the Financial Aid Office.

On-Campus Employment

On-Campus Employment can enhance a student's connection to the university or college. The student employment experience allows students to embrace the school culture, form ties with people other than professors and students, and often be a part of the inner workings of the employing agency.

Statistics have shown those who work while attending college have a higher graduation rate than those who don't. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee employs over 5500 students both on and off-campus. As you can see, UWM offers an array of opportunities for students to be a part of the student employment experience.

In collaboration with various departments on campus as well as outside agencies, UWM's Career Development Center offers a campus job fair each semester. The job fairs connect the major hiring departments on campus like Financial Aid, UWM Police Department, Residence Life, and Auxiliary Services with the student body. These job fairs typically take place close to the start of classes. For more information on exact dates, please visit the Career Planning and Resource Center Website

For your campus employment needs, you may find current openings throughout the year by visiting: https://apps.sa.uwm.edu/jobs or by visiting the website of the department in which you are interested. We are certain your employment experience at UWM will be life changing.

BE A PART OF THE STUDENT EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE TODAY!!!!