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 Research

Due Dates for Select Fellowship Applications:

(updated 5/10/2017)

May 26th, 2017: UNC Charlotte's NSF I-Corps Summer Cohort - explore the commercial potential of your ideas and research. Work with Ventureprise on campus, one of 51 National Science Foundation I-Corps sites in the US, and obtain training and modest funding this summer, beginning May 31st.  Apply now!  There will also be a Fall 2017 cohort, and that application is due 9/25/2017.

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!

June 2nd, 2017Water 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.

November 1sr, 2017: Calling Immigrants and Children of Immigrants!  Were your parents born outside the US? Are you a Naturalized Citizen, or Green Card holder? Were you born outside the US and adopted by American parents? Do you have DACA status?  If any of those are true, and you are pursuing a graduate degree, apply for the PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

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.