There are two types of competitive, merit-based funding available in most graduate programs for matriculated degree-seeking students who are studying full-time: Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of credits required for the degree; and Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission. International students as well as students from the US are eligible for these merit-based funding options.

Those not already enrolled in one of the graduate programs in arts and sciences may apply for funding at the time of their application for admission, as part of the online application. Students already enrolled in a graduate program should contact their graduate program director if they wish to be considered for a tuition scholarship or assistantship. Applications for merit-based funding are reviewed by the faculty in the individual programs, who make the decisions.

A few other University programs and offices have a very limited number of graduate assistantships. For more information, see this web page.

Graduate assistants and tuition scholars are expected to attend the University full-time, and perform various duties for their individual department, such as research assistance to faculty, tutoring, and classroom or laboratory teaching assistance. For more information, see this web page.