Funding Opportunities

Two categories of financial support are available to help defray the cost of graduate education. One type is based on student financial need, the other is based on academic merit. More than one type of aid may be given concomitantly to a particular student.

  1. Financially-Based Awards: The following types of aid require that the applicant complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application deadline for continuing graduate students is March 1 each year; newly admitted students must apply by May 1 or by the date of their admission. Forms of aid provided under this category include:
    • Federal Work Study
    • Federal Direct Stafford Loans
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
    • UConn Tuition Remission Grants

    Information may be obtained on the Office of Student Financial Aid Services website.
    Anyone who believes he or she qualifies should apply. Aid of the types listed above can only be awarded to students who have gone through the qualifying process.

  2. Academically-Based Awards: The following sources of aid do not require proof of financial need, but do require that the student meet the requirements as stipulated in Section VI and in the Graduate Catalog. Additional information may be obtained on the Graduate School website.
    • Graduate Assistantships (Teaching or Research)
    • Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
    • Summer Fellowships
    • Dissertation Fellowships
    • Multicultural Fellowships
    • Special graduate fellowships
    • Graduate School Travel Funding
    • Traineeships
    • Department Travel Funding
    • Department Workshop Funding

    Students admitted as candidates for a terminal M.A. degree are not eligible for departmental financial support.
    Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School on a semi-annual basis. (Application deadlines are typically late-November and mid-May) Graduate School application requirements include: documentation of successful completion of the General Examination; submission of a Dissertation Proposal (ready for full approval by the Graduate School and including full and current IRB or IACUC approval for the use of  any human and/or animal subjects involved in the research or SCRO approval for the use of any human stem cell); and total personal income below a specified threshold. Full information and requirements can be found on the following Graduate School webpage.
    In addition to the Graduate School requirements, there are specific departmental processing requirements for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship applications. Psychology Department applicants must submit the following documents directly to the department Graduate Program Coordinator (BOUS Room 101C) two weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline: A completed Graduate School application form (available from the Graduate School website indicated above), a statement from their Major Advisor evaluating their performance in general and the adequacy of their proposal in particular, and a copy of the student’s C.V. The application form will then be signed by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate School on the student’s behalf. (Students should not submit the application form directly to the Graduate School)
    Summer Fellowship holders are normally required to remain on campus while they hold the Fellowship and they must be making progress toward their degree. However, they may be allowed to be elsewhere if the Major Advisor attests that they can make better progress by being elsewhere.

A graduate student is permitted to work more than 20 hours per week only with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee and the permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.

OEDB Graduate Scholarships

35 new scholarships for graduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year! Click here  to view the scholarships and if you are eligible to apply.


Doctoral Dissertation Award

It is given in partnership with the International Leadership Association. Annually, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond seeks submissions for the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. Submissions can be on any topic and from any discipline as long as they demonstrate substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership.

Submission due May 1, 2017


  • online application
  • Letter of interest
  • 3-5 page abstract of substantive doctoral dissertation chapter (specifically chapter that best represents the author’s dissertation)
  • brief biography and verification of the dissertation defense date (letter from advisor)

For online application submission click here

For more information click here



Graduate Research Scholarships

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) are jointly offering 22 graduate research scholarships:

$5,000 Harry and Mirium Levinson Scholarship

$5,000 William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship

$5,000 Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship

$5,000 Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship

$3,000 APA 125th Anniversary Scholarship

$3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship

$2,500 William C. Howell Scholarship

$2,500 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship

$1,000 Raymond K. Mulhern Scholarship

$1,000 Dr. Judy Kuriansky Scholarship

12 additional $1,000 scholarships

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate administers the granting of the scholarships. Graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program or an interim master’s programs are eligible to apply. If a student is currently enrolled in a terminal master’s program, the student must intend to enroll in a PhD program immediately following completion of the master’s program. Special attention will be given to applications from students who, at the time of application, are within the first two years of graduate study in psychology.

Note: The UConn Psychological Sciences Department needs to be notified of nominations and has an internal deadline of two weeks prior to the APF deadline(June 16, 2017), in order to be considered for the scholarships. We are allowed to nominate two people.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Link to direct online application

Incoming Graduate Student Scholarships

NextGenCT Scholars Award

Outstanding Scholars Program

Giolas-Harriott Fellowship (GHF) and the Crandall-Cordero Fellowship (CCF)

For further information, visit The UConn Graduate School’s Financial Resources page.

Travel Funding Information