Student Support

Whether it's finding a fellowship to offset some of the cost of a graduate education or help polishing professional communication skills, the Graduate School's faculty and staff support a wide range of resources and assistance for students.  

Student Funding - dollars have been committed but we can still accept nominations

2018-2019 FUNDING - Nominations (were) due April 3rd, 2018

Nominate students for the Graduate School Grant using the Tuition Support Nomination Form; nominate for Master's Merit and GASP via eGA.

How will you know what students have been approved for funding?  Check in eGA!  Click the note beside the Melissa L. Peterson Approved Result: 

The Graduate School helps students locate funding for graduate education through assistantships, tuition support, financial aid, scholarships and fellowships.  For more information on student funding, visit How Graduate Student Funding Works on the Graduate School site.

Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants

Assistantships help students progress toward a graduate degree while providing resources to help accomplish the mission of the University.  The eGA system is available for the creation of Graduate Assistantship requests. Download instructions on how to create an Assistantship in eGA and check the eGA FAQs. For more information, contact

To be eligible for appointment as a graduate assistant or teaching assistant, applicants must meet the terms and conditions located in the Provost’s Academic Personnel Procedures Handbook.

Human Resources also outlines employment policies that apply to graduate and teaching assistants, including these highlights:

  • Students may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer semesters, unless the student is enrolled in summer classes.
  • Applicants must complete employment paperwork with Human Resources or the International Student Scholar Office no later than the first day of employment.
  • Salary is paid twice monthly, on the 15th and last business day of each month.

Tuition Support (GASP)

The Graduate School provides full tuition support for doctoral students via the Graduate Assistant Support Program (GASP). GASP funds are administered by the Graduate School and pay tuition and health insurance for eligible students for up to five years.  Learn more.

Mentoring & Advising

The role of graduate advisor and mentor is crucial - not only to our students, our disciplines, and the University, but to all who stand to benefit from the contributions made by those we advise and mentor. These resources can help you improve your effectiveness as a mentor and an advisor.  Learn more.


Twice a year, the Graduate School hosts New Graduate Student Orientation.  The program introduces students to the University, the graduate community and the broad range of resources and services available to support their success.  The Center for Graduate Life coordinates the events and has up-to-date information on dates, times and locations.


Workshops offered through the Center for Graduate Life’s Workshops and Seminars page address the five competencies that are vital for graduate student success: Communication, Leadership, Teaching and Instruction, Professional and Personal Responsibility, and Research and Scholarly Inquiry.  Contact Coren O'Hara, Coordinator for Professional Development, for more information.


The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) works to create a strong graduate community by promoting shared experiences, discourse and activities designed to support interdisciplinary learning. Located in the Cone Center, the CGL is home to the Graduate Life Fellows (GLFs), graduate students who work with the Graduate School to provide peer mentorship and social programming for graduate students. For more information, visit the CGL’s Graduate Life Fellows page.


GSPG provides advocacy and resources for graduate students, including travel support.  Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel, Associate Dean for Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, advises GSPG.

Student Competitions

The Graduate School coordinates a number of student competitions that promote excellence in all aspects of graduate education.  Among the competitions are for Outstanding Master's Thesis, the Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.  For more information on graduate student competitions, visit Student Competitions at the Center for Graduate Life or contact Julie Green, Doctoral Student Services and Fellowship Specialist at the Graduate School.


The Graduate Student Ombudsman is available for consultation with graduate students on any issue a student may be facing that they would prefer not to share with their normal advisors.  Discussions with the ombudsman are confidential, to the extent possible. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Ombudsman page or contact Dr. Bruce Taylor, Graduate Student Ombudsman, at 704-687-5347.

Faculty Representative 

A Graduate Faculty Representative, selected by the Graduate School, serves on the student’s advisory committee to protect student rights and uphold University standards and policies.The Graduate Faculty Representative is a voting member of the doctoral committee and has the same standing on the committee as the members representing the student’s discipline.  Learn more on the CGL's website.