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The University of Vermont offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships. These positions are open to both domestic and international students and generally offer tuition support from the University. We recommend that you contact your Graduate Program Coordinator/Director for more information about the availability of these assistantships.

If you are not receiving tuition support from the University, the Student Financial Services tuition rates page will help you budget for your education. Please note that these rates are for the current academic year, and students should anticipate an annual increase in tuition and fees.

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Helpful Resources as you Plan your Finances for Graduate School

Federal loans are the primary source of financial assistance for domestic graduate students. Below are some helpful links with information about student loans and other financial resources you can use to fund your graduate education. International and non-domestic students, please see the Resources for Searching for External Funding section for loan and scholarship options.

 

Assistantships/Fellowships Available through UVM Resources

  • The Gund Institute for Environment recruits outstanding domestic and international PhD candidates interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges. Gund PhD Research Assistantships include three years of funding to be spent over four years. Funding covers an annual stipend of $27,000, tuition, and UVM’s student health insurance.
  • Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM Training (QuEST) Program for doctoral students is a training program that builds the skills necessary for understanding and solving global and environmental health problems. The traineeship integrates with existing PhD programs across the UVM campus in biology, plant biology, plant and soil sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering, natural resources, and cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences. International students can be trainees and receive internship support, but are not eligible for stipend support.
  • The Fellowships, Opportunities and Undergraduate Research department (FOUR) lists nationally competitive scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors and graduate students.
  • Individual departments and programs have Graduate Research Assistantships (GTA) or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) as well. Please contact the department directly for more information.

Tuition scholarships accompanying Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships do not cover audits or physical education activity courses, nor do they cover courses numbered below 200 or 200-level courses not approved for graduate credit, except upon prior approval of the Dean of the Graduate College. Read more

 

Position Descriptions, Stipend Rates and Details

Position Descriptions:

Graduate Assistant (GA): Graduate Assistantships are positions held within the university where students are supported from a source external from the college. Typical sources are research grants or Division of Student Affairs.

Graduate Teaching or Research Assistant (GTA or GRA): GTAs and GRAs are teaching and/ or research assignments allocated by various departments and programs who are offering graduate work.

 

Description
(Effective for the 2018-2019 Academic Year)

Stipend Rate The minimum 9-month stipend is $16,125 for Master's students and $19,950 for doctoral students. The minimum 12-month stipend is $21,500 for Master's students and $26,600 for doctoral students.
Enrollment Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits per semester. Half-time assistants  are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits per semester.
Tuition Scholarship Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs are eligible to have 9 credits paid for per semester, while half-time assistants are eligible to have 6 credits paid for per semester.
Hours Per Week Full-time GAs/GTAs/GRAs assignments require 20 hours of effort per week, while half-time assignments require 10 hours of effort per week.
How to Apply Please contact the department you are enrolled in to inquire about available positions.

 

 

Resources for Searching for External Funding

Scholarships a-z

Scholarships a-z is a database of scholarship and award opportunities available for students regardless of citizenship status.

MPower Financing (for international students)

MPower Financing is a private lender that provides loans for international students.

Pivot (for admitted and enrolled students only)

The University of Vermont subscribes to Pivot, a web-based funding and collaboration tool. Students are encouraged to sign up for a Pivot user account to track, save and share funding opportunities. Access the instructions to sign up or start running your own searches.
The Graduate College has collaborated with UVM's Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) to create a Pivot search to assist graduate students in finding potential external funding opportunities.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

International/Non-domestic Student Funding Opportunities

For assistance on using Pivot and searching for external funding, please contact:
Hilda Alajajian, Grant Resources Specialist
Phone: (802) 656-1322
Email: Hilda.Alajajian@uvm.edu

 

 

For more information or help, please contact the Graduate College at:

The Graduate College Dean's Office
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405

Telephone: (802) 656-3160
Fax: (802) 656-0519
E-mail: gradcoll@uvm.edu