Academic Policies and General Information
Fellowships, Assistantships, Traineeships, Stipends, and Grants for Graduate Students
Students who wish to be considered for fellowships as well as admission must submit completed applications, with supporting materials, by March 1 of the academic year preceding that for which application is made, or the program's application deadline, whichever is earlier. Any applicant requesting fellowship, assistantship, or traineeship support must submit an official copy of the Graduate Record Examination score report.
Application for fellowships and assistantships is normally made by completing the appropriate section on the application form. No separate form is required except where indicated in the descriptions below.
Tuition scholarships accompanying Graduate Teaching, College, Research, and Student Affairs Assistantships do not cover physical education activity courses, nor do they cover courses numbered below 200, except upon prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate College.
Graduate College Fellowships
The Graduate College offers ten fellowships in support of master's degree programs in the social sciences and humanities. Five fellowships provide a one-year stipend (currently $7,500) and a full tuition scholarship (48-credit hour maximum) for the degree program (two years maximum). The remaining five fellowships provide the tuition scholarship only.
The fellowships are open to prospective students in the social sciences and humanities when they apply to graduate study. Holders of Graduate College Fellowships are required to carry full-time enrollment towards an advanced degree. The fellowships are not renewable.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded by many of the departments offering graduate work. Graduate Teaching Assistants are generally appointed for nine months with stipends averaging $15,000 for 2009-2010. Normally, Teaching Assistants enroll for a minimum of six to a maximum of twelve credit hours per semester. In addition to the stipend, the assistantship award includes a tuition scholarship covering the number of credit hours specified in the award letter, not to exceed twelve per semester, during the period of the assistantship. Doctoral students funded fully as Graduate College Teaching Assistants during the academic year may receive a summer stipend of $1,500 the following summer to support research towards degree completion.
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships are awarded in some of the science departments offering graduate work. Research/Teaching Assistants may be appointed for nine or 12 months with stipends generally ranging from $15,000 to $23,000 and a tuition scholarship (see limits in Teaching Assistantship description). Approximately 20 hours of research and teaching effort per week is required of Graduate Teaching and Research/Teaching Assistants, and Assistants must expect that more than one academic year will be necessary to complete the requirements for the master's degree. If a Teaching or Research/Teaching Assistant is a candidate for the doctoral degree, at least four calendar years must be anticipated for completion of the academic program. Generally, assistants are appointed in the departments in which they are doing graduate work.
Student and Campus Life Graduate Assistantships
Within the Division of Student Affairs, a number of assistantships are made available annually. Each assistantship provides graduate students a professional opportunity to support and develop the Division's goals and activities in its work with students. The candidates selected to fill these positions are assigned administrative and advisory positions in the residence halls, departments within the Division, and in other student services areas. Graduate students who hold Student Affairs Assistantships will gain valuable experience in the areas of group advising, administration, personnel advising, and educational programming. Such positions are open to either married or single students who have been accepted for graduate work in any of the academic programs of the University. The majority of graduate students are enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program. Selection is based upon academic record, character, recommendations, and quality of related experiences. A personal interview is required. Requests for applications and additional information should be addressed to Student and Campus Life Graduate Assistantships, UVM, Nicholson House, 41 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405-0094. Questions can also be directed via e-mail: DeanofStudents@ uvm.edu. Completed applications must be received by January 1 for full consideration. Applications received after January 1 will be considered only for unanticipated openings. Appointments will be announced on or about April 1.
Graduate Assistantships are generally available when a faculty member receives a grant from a source external to the University. The range of payments for 12-month appointments for 2009-2010 is $21,500 to $30,000; assistants on 9-month appointments receive proportionately reduced payments. Part of the salary is for tuition at the instate rate with a maximum enrollment of ten credit hours each semester and nine credit hours during the summer session (12-month appointments).
Approximately 20 hours of effort per week on the project is required of graduate assistants, and more than one academic year will be necessary for the completion of the master's degree, and more for completion of the doctoral degree. For information on the availability of assistantships, contact the chairperson of the department.
Graduate Fellowships/Traineeships are available in some departments through grants from various state and federal agencies. Fellowships/Traineeships generally include both a stipend and tuition scholarship.
UVM Opportunity Fellowships
The Graduate Dean's Office administers fellowships to increase campus diversity in graduate programs. Opportunity Fellowships, which are generally funded at a level equivalent to Graduate Teaching Assistantships, are available to students in all UVM graduate programs. Please indicate interest in these fellowships on the application form.
Summer Research Stipends
To promote graduate scholarship and to assist students in completing their programs in a timely and successful manner, the Graduate College provides a limited number of summer research stipends to graduate students. The stipends, awarded competitively, are designed to help students devote the summer to their dissertation, thesis, or final research project. Details about the stipends are available at the Graduate College Web site, http://www.uvm.edu/~gradcoll/ .
The Graduate College provides mini-travel grants to help students underwrite the cost of attending conferences where they will present papers or posters based upon their research. The Mini-Grants Program is administered by the Graduate Student Senate. Funds are awarded three times per year. The student's home department must provide a match. Further information on the Mini-Grants Program is available at the Graduate College Web site, http://www.uvm.edu/~gradcoll/ .
Fellowships established by private donors are available periodically in some departments.