Funding for Graduate Education

Several sources of funding are available to complete a degree program at UNC Charlotte, including financial aid, tuition support, assistantships and fellowships.  Some of those sources are available to any student anywhere, some are restricted, and some are available only to specific populations of UNC Charlotte students.

The links on this page will take you to information on where to find funding and how to apply. The first place to look, however, is to your Graduate Program Director (GPD) who can be an asset to your funding search.

UNC Charlotte has licensed access to PIVOT, a funding resource database with local, state, federal, international and foundation-supported opportunities. Set up an account with your UNC Charlotte ID to search for opportunities.  PIVOT will email updates on your searches daily or weekly. 

UNC Charlotte Director of Graduate Funding and Fellowships Dr. Julie Goodliffe led a webinar where she shared information on how to successfully apply for a graduate research fellowship with the National Science Foundation.  A recording of that presentation (with passcode) is available below.
Topic: NSF GRFP Info Session
Date: Sep 22, 2020 03:28 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Passcode: $.2n%EL3

Sources of graduate funding

  • Tuition and Health Insurance Support - Funding administered by the Graduate School that covers the cost of tuition and health insurance.
  • Assistantships and Employment - Graduate assistantships requiring working up to 20 hours per week for a stipend. Teaching assistantships involve the activities of teaching a course while research assistantships involve research projects. 
  • Fellowships - Fellowships are service-free awards which may include a stipend for living expenses and tuition and fees. 
  • Financial Aid - Federal student loans, based on financial need and the estimated cost of attendance, are available from the Federal government.
  • Research Funding - The Office of Research and Economic Development provides a list of funding resources for graduate students broken down by field.