Funding from the Graduate School

The Graduate School collects nominations from graduate programs, or collects applications from students via the scholarship portal, to make the awards below.

Veterans Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate School supports efforts to recruit exceptionally talented military veterans to graduate programs at UNC Charlotte. Veterans Graduate Assistantships provide a graduate assistantship (teaching or research) for two academic years, resident tuition support and health insurance, to three newly admitted graduate students (doctoral or master's). Students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.


  • Open to military veterans from any branch of service with an Honorable Discharge admitted to any Master’s or Doctoral degree program.
  • Student must be newly admitted to a graduate program at UNC Charlotte but not yet enrolled (first-year student).
  • Three awards may be made each year.
  • For doctoral students the funding will be $18,000 for 9 months, and for master’s students $12,000 for 9 months.
  • Recipients will receive tuition awards for resident tuition support (in accordance with the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act), plus health insurance if needed.
  • Students must register for a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours in each term the assistantship is in effect and maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree to remain eligible.
  • The assistantship will be in place for two years, after which the department or program of study must provide funding as necessary. A third year for a master’s student may be negotiated if needed to complete the degree. After the second year, doctoral programs are expected to provide continuing support (assistantship or fellowship) to the recipient as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree (full-time enrollment with a minimum grade point average of 3.00). The Graduate School will commit to continuing resident tuition and health insurance awards for an additional three years.

The Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Award

Deadlines for 2017 have passed; stay tuned for the 2018 opportunity!

Offered through the Graduate School to support exceptionally talented graduate students. Funds are available to currently enrolled students to support program-specific research or scholarship (e.g., thesis or dissertation research but not a class project). The award is intended to defray costs for conducting clearly defined research relating to the student’s graduate program of study.


  • Up to $1,500 (individual award maximum).
  • At the time of applications, Doctoral students must have completed at least 3 semesters and Masters students at least one semester.
  • Students may apply and receive more than one grant but for multiple grants, the cumulative total may not exceed $3000.
  • Additional requirements apply. 

Download the Application Procedures and Guidelines and the Budget Worksheet to apply.  The point of contact for questions is Christi Skerlak, Executive Assistant to the Dean.

Philanthropic Awards: Scholarships and Fellowships from Donors to the Graduate School

Each spring the Graduate School administers scholarships and fellowships made available to outstanding graduate students by various donors. Awards begin in the upcoming academic year. Please see the Philanthropic Awards Information for awards that eligible students will automatically be matched to in the NinerScholars portal.

Several awards require a nomination by a UNC Charlotte Graduate Program Director. Please see Philanthropic Awards Information - Nomination Only for these awards.

These merit and need-based scholarships and fellowships recognize outstanding students for prior and sustained academic achievement and provide assistance to students who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants for need-based scholarships and fellowships must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 for the upcoming academic year and have no outstanding requirements or financial obligations to the university in order to be considered. University scholarships and fellowships may be used to offset the cost of tuition, room and board, books, or other approved costs. Specific requirements for each scholarship and fellowship are different and may be based on program (degree + major), GPA, specific course enrollment, or other criteria. To search for scholarships and fellowships and review criteria, visit the NinerScholars portal.

Campus Scholarship for Native American Doctoral Students

Students of Native American descent may qualify for educational assistance. Inquiries can be submitted to Johnna Watson, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

GASP Policies for Doctoral TA’s and RA’s

For doctoral students holding a teaching or research assistantship, an additional benefit is eligibility for tuition support via GASP, depending on funding availability.  These Central Funds, administered by the Graduate School, pay tuition and health insurance for eligible students for up to five years.  GASP policies are as follows:

1. Length of time student is provided tuition support:

  • The clock starts running the first semester of GASP-eligible graduate enrollment at UNC Charlotte, regardless of whether a student qualified for or accepted GASP during that semester.
  • Doctoral students are eligible for support for a maximum of 10 semesters if the student does not have a master’s degree in the same or closely related field.
  • Doctoral students with a master’s degree in the same or closely related field are guaranteed 6 semesters of funding; additional semesters are allowed if warranted.
  • Students pursuing a master’s in a second discipline are not given additional semesters of tuition eligibility.
  • Students pursuing a co-major are not given additional semesters of tuition eligibility.

2. Health Insurance Benefit:

Once a student is enrolled in GASP, s/he is eligible for the student health insurance plan offered by the University Health Center. The Graduate School will pay the premium for each term that a student is supported on GASP. Each student will receive information from the insurance company on benefits and filing claims. This policy only covers the student; NOT dependents. Students must obtain and pay the cost of a separate health insurance policy for his/her dependents.

Some students may decline enrollment in the insurance offered under GASP; however, this must be done through the Student Health Services Office. More information on the health insurance plan and how to waive the benefit may be found here:

3. Eligibility requirements:         

  • An assistantship paying $7,000 or more (a minimum of $3,500 per semester) per academic year paid through the UNC Charlotte Payroll Office, or qualifying fellowship.
  • For all graduate research assistants funded by a grant, University funds pay the non-resident tuition, and in-state tuition should be paid by the source of the stipend. Research Administration Policy 50.5, found here:
  • Each student’s assistantship must span the entire academic year, both fall and spring semesters.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time, except for the student’s final semester if less than 9 hours are required for graduation, or the student is enrolled in GRAD 9999 (allowed only once) or GRAD 9800.
  • Off-campus internships, paid or unpaid, do not satisfy the requirement that a student hold an eligible graduate assistantship to qualify for GASP.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) do not satisfy the requirement that a student hold an eligible graduate assistantship to qualify for GASP.

4. Tuition benefit:

  • Two types of awards can be made based on whether you are a resident or non-resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes: 1) Full award (includes resident and non-resident tuition for 9 or more graduate credit hours); 2) Resident award (includes resident tuition for 9 or more graduate credit hours).  These funds will be credited to the student’s account once s/he has registered.
  • The graduate program will provide the monthly stipend through a graduate assistantship (teaching or research) that will be paid through the Payroll Office. 

5. Deadline and registration details for eligibility for GASP in a given semester:

  • Each student must be registered for the appropriate number of credit hours, and have a qualifying assistantship or fellowship appointment no later than 5 p.m. on the census date (the tenth day of classes) for the semester.
  • Credit hours attributed to audited classes do not count toward the minimum semester credit hour requirements for GASP. Tuition charges related to audited courses are not reimbursed by GASP.
  • Credit hours outside a student’s major do not count toward the minimum semester credit hour requirements, unless the course is a prerequisite for a course in the major.
  • Credit hours attributed to distance education courses do count toward the minimum registration requirement, but GASP will not pay for more than the on campus rate for the total hours registered.
  • Summer registration is not required for GASP. Further, tuition for courses taken during the summer is not covered by GASP.
  • The benefit applies only to tuition charges and not student fees or tuition increments. Each student must pay the required fees (and any tuition increments) unless the source of his/her stipend provides funds specifically earmarked to pay these costs.
  • Each student must submit payment of fees by the deadline indicated on your tuition bill or registration may be cancelled. If registration is cancelled and not reinstated by the census date, the student will be ineligible for tuition benefits under GASP.
  • Because North Carolina residents are entitled to substantially lower tuition rates than out-of-state residents, GASP scholars who are non-residents of North Carolina for tuition purposes should make every effort possible to establish North Carolina residency. Students with permanent resident alien status are eligible to apply. However, some students are not eligible to establish NC residency (e.g., international students on J-1 visa). You may find information on eligibility and the requirements to establish N.C. residency on the Residency Determination Office web site: .
  • GASP scholars who are eligible to become North Carolina residents for tuition purposes but fail to become reclassified 12 months after first enrolling in GASP may lose their non-resident tuition benefit.

6. Students who are eligible for the Plan on census day and become ineligible later in the semester:

  • If a student becomes ineligible for the plan during the term, s/he is responsible for the pro rata portion of the tuition applicable to the days after the date you became ineligible.
  • The above statement on tuition does not apply to students who maintain their eligibility until they complete all requirements for the degree. In such cases, the student is not responsible for any portion of tuition for the semester.
  • If the qualifying assistantship or fellowship appointment does not run for at least 30 days beyond the first day of class, no tuition benefits will be paid.