University Tuition Scholarships

Service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. Maximum award value is currently $30,792 for the nine-month academic year.

The following four awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship:

  1. University Fellowships
    Service-free awards that provide stipends of up to $21,000 for the academic year.
  2. Graduate Teaching Assistantships
    Awards that provide stipends of up to $21,000 for the academic or calendar year to students who assist in supervised teaching of undergraduates.
  3. Graduate Research Assistantships
    Awards that provide stipends of up to $22,000 for the academic or calendar year. Students carry out thesis or dissertation research with support from a research grant.
  4. Traineeships
    Service-free awards that provide stipends of up to $23,000 for the calendar year to students who study full-time in certain areas of the sciences or engineering.
  5. Teacher Training Awards.
    A number of half-tuition, service-free University Tuition Scholarships are available to students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. M.A.T. students may receive support as teaching assistants in certain programs.

Honor Fellowships

Several honor fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School to highly qualified students entering study for the Ph.D. or the master's degree, if that is the highest degree offered by the program. In order to be considered for these awards, an applicant's file must be complete by January 15.

Individual departments nominate applicants for these highly competitive awards, which are announced in early March. The honor fellowships listed below are in addition to a fellowship, assistantship, traineeship, or tuition award and are made for a period of five years for the Ph.D., two years for the master's.

  • Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Graduate Scholarships: $6,000
  • University Graduate Fellowships: $10,000

Provost's Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School offers these fellowships to under-represented minority graduate students who intend to pursue the Ph.D. degree in preparation for an academic teaching career. Each award provides a $10,000 stipend awarded as a supplement to any other funding that is offered to the applicant and are made for a period of up to five years