How Graduate Student Funding Works

Tuition Support

Source of Money:
The Graduate School

How it's Paid:
To your student account

Assistantship

Source of Money:
Hiring department

How it's Paid:
Through payroll

Financial Aid

Source of Money:
Student Loans

How it's Paid:
To your student account

Scholarship

Source of Money:
University and More

How it's Paid:
To your student account

Fellowship

Source of Money:
Government and Foundations

How it's Paid:
Payroll and/or student account


Financial support for UNC Charlotte graduate students is provided via assistantships, tuition support, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships.  The majority of full-time enrolled Ph.D. students receive Graduate School tuition support and assistantships, and approximately 15% of master's and certificate students receive some form of Graduate School tuition support.  Many students also obtain student loans.

highlight: Apply for public and private fellowships to help pay for your research

Due Dates for Select Fellowship Applications:

(updated 9/19/2017)

Rolling deadline - apply NOW through 9/22/17: Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps Fall 2017 Cohort - Ventureprise® Launch fall 2017 Cohort will help you explore the commercial possibilities of your ideas or research. The program provides University faculty and students with infrastructure, commercialization advice, training and modest funding (NSF Awards of $1,000 - $3,000 per team) to identify potential customers and prepare for more substantial funding opportunities.

October 23-27th, 2017: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – if you are a US citizen or permanent resident working on a research Ph.D. or Master’s degree, look into this fellowship that pays $34,000/year in stipend, and covers your tuition and fees. The NSF awards 2,000 of these fellowships each year!

November 1st, 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.

December 1st, 2017: Department of Defense SMART program: pays full tuition and fees, $25-000 - $38,000 stipend (depending on field of study), money for health insurance, summer internships, and job placement after graduation in a DoD facility.  For graduate students pursuing a degree in one of 19 STEM disciplines.

December 7th, 2017: Apply for a one-year stipend of $25,000 for your final year via the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.  For students completing their dissertation in a research-based PhD in almost every field.

December 14th, 2017: Apply for three years of an annual $24,000 stipend via the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.  For students pursuing a research-based PhD in almost every field.

NOW through December 31st, 2017: Apply for up to four years full tuition and fees, a generous stipend, and money for medical insurance from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).  This is the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, for students pursuing a doctorate in one of 15 STEM disciplines.


Looking for feedback on an application?  Come talk to Dr. Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships. Set up an appointment here.  Have additional questions or suggestions?  View our sub-org chart to determine who can best support your needs.