Assistantships and Fellowships

Financial support in the form of Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships is awarded on a competitive basis. All applicants to the program will automatically be considered for each of these types of awards. Awards are renewable for students making satisfactory progress in their degree programs. In a typical year, three to seven of these awards are given to new students entering the program. For more details on these forms of financial aid, please see the Graduate School Funding page. In addition, students may apply for other forms of financial aid such as loans by contacting the Office of Financial Aid or a third party.

  • Research Assistantships:
    Faculty members often have support for research assistants as part of their research funding. These positions pay a semester, academic year, or full-year stipend, have remission of tuition and offer health insurance. The duties of the positions are determined by the faculty members. These faculty select who they want for their positions from among current students and admitted applicants. There is no application for these positions.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships:
    Other students are supported as Teaching Assistants. These half-time teaching positions include a remission of all tuition and the opportunity for health insurance coverage. The TA stipend for the 2017-2018 academic year ranges from $12,850 to $16,595 depending on the degree program and progress toward the degree.
  • Graduate School Fellowship:
    Outstanding applicants may apply for a Graduate School Fellowship. This fellowship pays a 9-month stipend, remits all tuition, offers health insurance and does not require any teaching during the year. This fellowship is not renewable. The deadline for application is January 15 each year. General GRE scores are required.
  • Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowships:
    These fellowships are available to qualified new and continuing graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate study or who are otherwise disadvantaged minority applicants. More information is available at the program website. Application deadline is typically January 15 each year.

Applying for Financial Support

Each prospective students who has completed all parts of the application process will automatically be considered for those forms of financial support for which he/she is qualified. Exceptions to that rule are the Graduate School and AOP Fellowship which require separate applications that may be obtained at the above links. As a courtesy, we ask that any applicant who does not wish to be considered for financial support inform the Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator with a brief email.

Support Decisions

Initial decisions on support are typically made in early- to mid-March, with numerous additional offers being made through the month of April depending on the response to early offers and the availability of funds. Teaching assistantships are normally awarded on an academic year basis with contracts beginning in the Fall Semester. Research assistantships may be offered on an academic year or annual basis. Support is sometimes available for a few students who wish to begin their studies in the Spring Semester.

Additional Financial Opportunities

See Professor Evans’ Mesoscale Research Group Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships web page.