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 15% 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 4/7/2017)

April 15th, 2017: Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship - upcoming PhD's apply for this fellowship paying salary and benefits, to work with a faculty mentor at Wayne State. "Fellows who obtain external grants during their postdocs will be considered for tenure track appointments at WSU with competitive compensation and startup packages."

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 1st, 2017: Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System - $10,000 for research in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics, policy, or a combination!  UNC Charlotte is designated as a Minority Serving Institution, and this RFP strongly encourages submissions by such institutions.

May 3rd, 2017: North Carolina Space Grant - $6,000-$7,000 for summer research in STEM fields relevant to aerospace and NASA applications.

May 16th, 2017: Graduate Student Research Program at the Department of Energy - up to $36,000 for 3 to 12 months working at a DOE laboratory. Must have completed PhD candidacy requirements, and be working in a STEM discipline.

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. 

June 1st, 2017: Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy - earn $3,400 per month for seven months working in the office of a Congressperson in Washington, DC!

Looking for feedback on an application?  Come talk to Dr. Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships. Set up an appointment here.  Not sure who to talk to?  See our sub-org chart to determine whom you should talk to.