Funding Information for New and Current Graduate Students

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Irina Diaz

Fellowship, Funding and Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

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LaRuth McAfee, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Funding, and Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

229 Bascom Hall


Cassandra Rademaekers

Fellowship Director

231 Bascom Hall


Erica Halverson, Asst. Prof. of Curriculum and Instruction, teaching a graduate class

Funding support for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison largely takes the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships.  Other sources of funding for students include employment in the community and loans from the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The most important source of funding for most graduate students is their own graduate program, so contact your program’s Graduate Coordinator for information about funding opportunities within the department.

Students are strongly encouraged to consider applying for fellowships and scholarships from federal agencies, foundations and private companies.  The Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources has lists of major external fellowships by division. The Grants Information Collection can also provide valuable assistance in finding such opportunities.

Research Travel Awards and Conference Presentation Funds are also available to assist students who need funding to travel to conduct research or to present their research at a professional conference.


The following are MINIMUM stipend levels for the 2017-18 academic year, for 50 percent appointments, beginning July 1, 2017 for annual appointments and August 21, 2017 for academic appointments :

Research assistantship
Annual: $22,081
Academic: $18,067

Teaching assistantship
Standard / academic: $16,196
Senior / academic: $18,067

Project assistantship
Annual: $19,795
Academic: $16,196

PA grader/reader
Hourly rate: $17.36


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