Types of Funding through UVM

There are many opportunities to fund your graduate education through The University of Vermont. The Graduate College provides assistantships that provide a stipend and/or tuition support in many programs. The University of Vermont also funds students through extramural research funding from major agencies and organizations. See below to find out more about the possibilities for your program.

Students who wish to be considered for fall admission and assistantships, must

Choose the type of funding you have (or are hoping to acquire) from the list below:

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are generally available when a faculty member receives a grant from a source external to the University. The average range of payments for 12-month appointments is $21,500 to $33,000; assistants on 9-month appointments receive proportionate payments. Part of the salary is for tuition at the in-state rate with a maximum enrollment of 10 credit hours each semester and 6 credit hours during the summer session (12-month appointments).

Approximately 20 hours of effort per week on the research project is required of Graduate Assistants. More than one academic year will be necessary to complete the requirements for the master's degree. If a Graduate Assistant is a candidate for the doctoral degree, at least four calendar years must be anticipated for completion of the academic program. For information on the availability of these assistantships, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for the department/program.

Graduate College Fellowships

The Graduate College offers 10 fellowships in support of master's degree programs in the social sciences and humanities. The fellowships provide a full tuition scholarship (48-credit-hour maximum) for the degree program (one–two years).

These fellowships are open to current students in the social sciences and humanities at the time of application. Holders of Graduate College Fellowships are required to carry full-time enrollment towards an advanced degree. The fellowships are not renewable.

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Graduate Fellowships/Traineeships

Graduate Fellowships/Traineeships are available in some departments/programs through grants from various state and federal agencies. These Fellowships/Traineeships generally include both a stipend and tuition scholarship.

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships (science fields)

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantships are awarded in some of the science departments/programs offering graduate work. Research/Teaching Assistantships may be appointed for 9 or 12 months with stipends generally ranging from $15,500 to $24,000 and a tuition scholarship. Normally, Teaching Assistants enroll for a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 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, but not to exceed 12 credit hours per semester, during the period of the assistantship.

Approximately 20 hours of research and teaching effort per week is required of Graduate Research/Teaching Assistants. More than one academic year will be necessary to complete the requirements for the master's degree. If a 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, fellows are appointed in the departments in which they are doing graduate work. For information on the availability of these assistantships, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for the department/program.

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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded by many of the departments/programs offering graduate work. Graduate Teaching Assistants are generally appointed for nine months with stipends averaging $15,500. Normally, Graduate Teaching Assistants enroll for a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 12 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, but not to exceed 12 credit hours per semester, during the period of the assistantship.

Approximately 20 hours of research and teaching effort per week is required of Graduate Teaching Assistants. More than one academic year will be necessary to complete the requirements for the master's degree. If a Graduate Teaching Assistant is a candidate for the doctoral degree, at least four calendar years must be anticipated for completion of the academic program. Generally, fellows are appointed in the departments in which they are doing graduate work. For information on the availability of these assistantships, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for the department/program.

Private Donor Fellowships

A limited number of fellowships established by private donors are available periodically in selected departments/programs. Check with your department/program for availability.

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Student Affairs Assistantships

Within the Division of Student Affairs, several 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 students who have been accepted for graduate work in any of the academic departments/programs of the University.

The majority of graduate students awarded these Assistantships 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 the Division of Student Affairs, 208 Mann Hall Trinity Campus, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Questions can also be directed via email at: stuaffastn@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.

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Summer Research Fellowships

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 Fellowships to graduate students. The Fellowships, awarded competitively, are designed to help students devote the summer to some phase of their dissertation, thesis, or final research project. Find out more.

UVM Opportunity Fellowships

The Graduate Dean's Office administers several fellowships to increase campus diversity in graduate programs. Opportunity Fellowships, which are generally funded at a level equivalent to Graduate Teaching Fellowships, are available to students in all UVM graduate programs. Please indicate interest in these fellowships on the University application form.

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