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.

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.

One-Click Searches
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THE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION INCENTIVE (FAIP) PROGRAM

Closed on January 26th, 2018. We hope to do this again in 2019!

FOR UNC Charlotte PH.D. STUDENTS

Why apply for a fellowship?  The Graduate School will pay you $500 per application for up to two applications.   If you get the fellowship, the Graduate School will pay you $1,500.  This program is called the Fellowship Application Incentive Program (FAIP).

Other reasons to apply for a fellowship:

  1.  You can earn a stipend from $20,000 to $37,000 for two or three years from a fellowship
  2. Tuition and fees are paid by most fellowships
  3. Prestige!  You want to stand out as a researcher and a fellowship is the very best way to do that
  4. The FAIP program is supported by one-time money and may never be offered again; take advantage of extra money while you can

How can you sign up for this program with the Graduate School?  * = required:

  1. If you are a UNC Charlotte doctoral student, choose a fellowship for which you are eligible, and you can know whether you've been chosen as a Fellow by May 31st, 2018.*
  2. Email Dr. Julie Goodliffe, Director of Funding and Fellowships, to obtain approval of the fellowship program/s to which you will apply. *
  3. Explain the fellowship program.*
  4. Explain your eligibility for the fellowship.*
  5. Dr. Goodliffe will approve/deny your request, most likely either approving or suggesting another fellowship program for you.*
  6. Apply for the fellowship/s, and send a copy of the application/s to Dr. Goodliffe, along with a screenshot or confirmation email showing that you applied.*
  7.  Money will be deposited into your University student account.
  8. The $1,500 payment will be provided for obtaining certain allowable fellowships or grants. Internships, small scholarships, and others may not be eligible for $1,500.

Need help finding opportunities?  Read through our website and use all the Tools above. You can also set up an appointment, and Jennifer Johnson, Funding Assistant, will help you start your search. 


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.