Funding from the Graduate School

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

Academic Year 2017-2018 Opportunities

Tuition Support via UNC Charlotte's Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP)

The Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP) is a highly competitive multi-year support package used to attract and retain top quality doctoral students to UNC Charlotte. Students enrolled in this plan are eligible to receive full payment of in-state tuition, non-resident tuition (if required), and health insurance. To be eligible, a student must be a doctoral student who holds a graduate assistantship or appropriate fellowship of at least $7,000 for the academic year ($3,500 or more per semester) and must be enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours) for each semester of support.  Students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.

Master's Merit Award

These awards are used to recruit exceptional students to master’s programs and are automatically renewed for the second year of study.  RESIDENT (in-state) students approved for merit awards are eligible to receive payment of $4,000 per academic year, $2,000 per semester.  Awards for approved domestic and international NON-RESIDENTS will consist of $8,000 per academic year, $4,000 per semester.  To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a master's program, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and hold a graduate assistantship of at least $7,000 for the academic year ($3,500 or more per semester) and must enroll in at least 6 graduate credit hours each fall and spring semester.  Master's Merit Awards for new students are limited, and students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.    

Graduate School Grant

Awards are available to new and continuing Master's and Certificate students, including North Carolina residents, non-residents, and international students.  The award is $2,000 per academic year, and students may be enrolled part-time or full-time. Graduate School Grant awards are also limited, and students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.


  • The awards do not require that the student hold a graduate assistantship.
  • To receive the award, a student must be enrolled for at least three (3) graduate credit hours.
  • Students are not required to fill out a FAFSA.
  • Master’s and Certificate students are eligible.
  • Domestic and international students are eligible.

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 continue resident tuition and health insurance awards for an additional three years.

The Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Award

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,

Annually, the Graduate School awards student excellence in several competitions.  For additional information on these competitions please contact the Center for Graduate Life at or visit

Outstanding Master's Thesis Competition

The Outstanding Master's Thesis Award is presented annually in the fall semester. Faculty will be asked to nominate a student whose thesis has been accepted in partial fulfillment of master's degree requirements during the past two academic years and/or summer sessions.

Award: $200 and a plaque.

Nominations are sought each fall semester.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Application deadline is March 3, 2017.

The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizes students who are nominated by their faculty supervisors for their work as teaching assistants.  Two awards are presented, one at the Doctoral level, and one at the Master's level.  These two separate awards allow UNC Charlotte to recognize the different types of tasks and demands placed upon graduate teaching assistants at each level.  The awards are presented annually in the spring semester.

Award: A monetary award and a plaque.

Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

To be considered, applicants must have completed their doctoral degree requirements and dissertation during the period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, inclusive. The Graduate School will verify eligibility. Faculty will be asked to nominate students for this award.

Award: The winner will receive $1,000 and an engraved plaque.

Nominations are sought each spring semester.

Philanthropic Awards

Each spring the Graduate School administers fellowships and scholarships 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 recognize outstanding students for prior and sustained academic achievement, and provide assistance to students who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants for need-based scholarships 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 may be used to offset the cost of tuition, room and board, books, or other approved costs. Specific requirements for each scholarship are different and may be based on program (degree + major), GPA, specific course enrollment, or other criteria. To search for scholarships and review criteria, visit the NinerScholars portal.

Lucille P. and Edward C. Giles Dissertation-Year Graduate Fellowship
Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2017

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.