Successful applicants are awarded either Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). In 2014-2015, GTAs are supported with a stipend starting at $22,000 for PhD students ($19,700 for Masters students), a tuition waiver, and health insurance. GRAs are assigned by individual faculty members who have available grant support for a particular line of research. Many of our students hold external fellowships (1 in 12 have received an NSF GRF, for example), and we strongly encourage all applicants to apply for such fellowships, including:
- EPA STAR Fellowship Program.
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. (Note that as of Fall 2016, you may now only apply once as a grad student. The only exception are those who are in their second year this year and applied last year before the “once only” rule came into effect.)
- UT’s Office of Research maintains lists of external science and engineering fellowships for graduate students (and post-docs).
- NIMBioS Graduate Assistantships.
- UT Graduate School Fellowships.
- Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE) Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.
- Program for Excellence & Equity in Research (PEER) Graduate Training Program. See also EEB-specific PEER booklet (PDF).
- NSF EAPSI (East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students). The NSF award includes participation in the Pre-Departure Orientation, summer stipend of $5,000, and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. EAPSI partner agencies pay in-country living expenses during the Summer Institutes.
- NSF GROW (Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide). GROW expands opportunities for U.S. graduate students to engage in international research collaboration. GROW is open only to recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
- TENN Herbarium Student Research Awards. Projects must be herbarium-based, either using or vouchering herbarium specimens or analyzing herbarium specimen data.