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.S. 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.
    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.



The Graduate School’s External Funding Opportunities webpage:

Incoming Graduate Student Awards (Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) and Harriott Fellowship (HF):

If you are looking for info on travel funding, please visit the following link: