How Graduate Student Funding Works

Financial support for UNC Charlotte graduate students is provided in the form of assistantships, fellowships, tuition awards, and traineeships.  The majority of full-time enrolled Ph.D. students receive funding, and approximately 20% of master's and certificate students receive some form of funding. 

Nominations for funding are made by the Graduate Program Director, so students should communciate with the Director about the availability of funding support.  While some programs provide all or the majority of their students with some type of funding, others provide only limited support.

Many students also utilize some type of financial aid in the form of federal grants, state grants, student loans, and work-study employment.  Interested students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, preferably by the priority deadline of March 1st.  The form is available online at  Make sure to list the UNC Charlotte school code (002975) on the FAFSA.  

 Fellowships - Public and Private Dollars to Help Pay for Your Education

Due Dates for Select Fellowship Applications:

(updated 3/13/2017)

April 3rd, 2017: IBM Center for the Business of Government Research Report Stipends - $20,000 stipend for each report in govnerment studies, public policy, organizational science, financial management, public finance, and more.  The report can be part of your dissertation.  Unrestricted citizenship!!

May 1st, 2017: Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36) - up to $40,000 for dissertation-stage students in such fields as behavioral sciences, health services research, nursing, social sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, health informatics, engineering, and mathematics.

May 22nd, 2017: IFER Graduate Fellowship Program for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science -  up to $12,500 annually in stipendiary support and up to $2,500 for supplies per year. The fellowships are renewable annually for up to three years. 

Email for help finding and applying for fellowships.  Looking for feedback on an application?  Come talk to Dr. Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships. Set up an appointment here.