Assistantship and Fellowships

Assistantships and Fellowships


Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships are awarded competitively to qualified applicants. All assistants and fellowship holders receive health insurance and are eligible for full tuition scholarships.

Assistantships for the 2016-17 academic year pay $14,428 for M.S. students and $15,143 for Ph.D. students for a 40-week appointment. Some summer teaching and research assistantships are available. Qualified applicants may be nominated for competitive fellowships awarded by the Graduate School.

Applicants who score at least 75th percentile on one category and 50% in another category of the GRE, and who have (a) an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.30, (b) a GPA of 3.60 for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work, or (c) a GPA of 3.80 for a previous graduate degree (in each case from a U.S. institution) are eligible for a departmental Pirtle Fellowship. This pays $3,000 summer salary and is renewable for a second summer for M.S. students and for two additional summers for Ph.D. students. 

Tuition scholarships for 2016-17 are valued at $11,652 per year for Kentucky residents and $26,154 per year for out-of-state (including international) students. More information on tuition and fees can be found at  Details about tuition scholarships are at

All full-time students can apply to the department for research grants (once per academic year, to a maximum of $600 per year for M.S. students and $1,000 per year for Ph.D. students) and travel grants (once per academic year, in amounts ranging from $600 for regional meetings to $1,000 for international meetings).

For more information, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies.

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