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.

Check out the tabs on this page for a wealth of information on funding for your graduate education.  Also, visit PIVOT for the largest database of grant opportunities in the U.S.  UNC Charlotte has licensed access to this funding resource database that includes local, state, federal, international and foundation-supported opportunities.  Set up an account with your UNC Charlotte ID to search for opportunities.  PIVOT will email you with updates on your searches daily or weekly.  


Use These Tools to Locate Funding

The Graduate School's Website

The Graduate School offers a variety of funding oppotunities to both current and incoming students.  Use the menu to the left to search through our Scholarship, Fellowship and Current Student opportuntities.

UNC Charlotte's Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)

The GPSG offers travel and event funding for UNC Charlotte graduate students.

PIVOT - the largest database of grant opportunities in the us

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

find dollars from charitable foundations

Find foundations that offer grants via Atkins Library - search for the Database Foundation Directory.  Click on Foundation Directory Online to access thousands of grantmakers, including the federal government.

Find Dollars from the National Institutes of Health

The NIH offers several individual awards for different stages of your career, and the predoctoral individual fellowships are called Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA, the F series Fellowships in NIH jargon). There are three deadlines per year, in April, August and December.

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additional tools
Know Your Graduate Program Director (GPD)

Graduate Program Directors can be an asset to locating funding sources.  Make sure you keep in touch with yours as you search for funding.  If you are not sure who your GPD is, use the Graduate Admissions website to locate yoru program.  The GPD (or their designee) is listed just under the program description.

If you have a question about graduate student funding , please contact Dr. Julie Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships.  Have additional questions or suggestions? View our sub-org chart to determine who can best support your needs.