Teaching Assistant, Aneesh Karve, instructing a computer sciences course
You can learn how students in your program are typically funded by looking in the “Funding Data” section of the Program Data Profile. The profile contains a wealth of other information about the program including: admissions data, enrollment, diversity, time-to-degree, and degree completion rates.
The most common types of funding for graduate studies at UW–Madison include:
Types: There are three types of graduate assistantships on campus:
Benefits of Assistantships: Graduate assistantships listed at 33.3% or higher (>13 hours/week) provide multiple benefits:
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Finding and Applying for Graduate Assistantships
The vast majority of graduate assistantship positions are not posted publicly or available to all graduate students. Instead, they are “owned” by particular graduate programs and are reserved for students in those programs. Programs use their own internal processes to award assistantships to students. To find out how your program awards assistantships, you should contact your program.
A smaller number of graduate assistant positions are not reserved for students in particular programs, and any graduate student can apply for those positions. Those positions are usually listed as they become available on the website of the Student Job Center. Generally, the positions are posted relatively close to the time they will start, so positions that start in the fall semester will usually be posted in July or August.
Fellowships are grants that you do not have to pay back. Unlike graduate assistantships, fellowships generally involve no work obligations.
Types of Fellowships
There are numerous merit-based Graduate School and departmental fellowships that are awarded to graduate students, including fellowships designed to enhance diversity on campus. Except for the Dickie Fellowship and the Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowships (see below), fellowship awards for incoming students are made by the particular graduate program(s) to which students are applying. To inquire about eligibility and application procedures, you must contact your graduate program.
The Dickie Fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School and supports PhD-bound graduate students who are residents of Sauk County and are enrolled in science, math, or engineering graduate programs. Students can apply directly to the Graduate School for this fellowship.
The Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship competition is administered by the Graduate School and supports dissertators in the College of Letters and Science conducting research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. The 2016 competition closed at noon on February 23rd and decisions will be announced by the end of March (note this change to the initial notification timeline). Students apply directly to the Graduate School for these fellowships.
You are encouraged to identify and apply for fellowships from federal agencies, professional organizations, and private foundations. Please be aware that each particular fellowship will have its own unique set of benefits and responsibilities. You should make sure you understand the terms and conditions of any fellowship/scholarship for which you are applying: award/stipend amount, tuition coverage (if any), other supplemental funds (e.g., travel funds, research funds, conference presentation funds). Follow these links for more information.
Traineeships are positions linked with federal training grants from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). UW–Madison has a variety of training grants that provide coordinated training for graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars in particular areas of research (typically in the sciences). To inquire about such opportunities, check with the Graduate Coordinator in your program. You can look through a list of NIH training grants on campus. Traineeships provide remission of tuition and segregated fees, a monthly stipend, and eligibility for health insurance.
The Student Job Center has listings of open positions both on campus and off campus in Madison and the surrounding areas. Keep in mind that only graduate assistantships involving 13+ hours/week will provide tuition remission. For other positions in the community, you may also consult employment databases such as Jobs in Madison or Monster.
The Office of Student Financial Aid provides information and assistance to prospective, new, and enrolled graduate students about federal work study and student loans.
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