THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
Financial assistance and funding opportunities
There are a number of resources through which students can fund their graduate education.
Graduate Assistantships are available for some full-time graduate students. The assistantships may cover all or part of tuition and may provide stipends in return for specified hours of work, usually 20 hours per week.
Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Graduate Fellowships and Grants
A limited number of non-service fellowships are made available by faculty members through external research grants. These non-service fellowships do not require the student to work for a specified number of hours as is required for graduate assistants. Tuition remission is available for non-service fellowships. Remission for these fellowships will be proportional to an award calculation of $5,000 per academic year. For example, if a non-service fellowship has a value of $1,000, tuition remission will be 20% of the full tuition cost. All fellowship recipients must enroll full-time in graduate-level courses.
Grants may be made available to graduate students through the academic department.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Information on graduate fellowship programs can be found at NSF's FastLane website.
Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants
Doctoral students and their advisers should plan to seek external funding for the students' doctoral research. The experience of applying for a dissertation grant should be considered part of graduate study. While such an application is not a degree requirement and successfully obtaining funding can be difficult, developing a dissertation grant proposal teaches a skill that almost all doctoral students will find valuable in their professional careers. As well, the process of developing a proposal will sharpen the students' thinking about their eventual doctoral research projects. Doctoral students should work closely with their dissertation advisers to develop their project and proposal.
There are numerous sources of funding for student research projects. Click here to find links to many of these sources.
Different funders have different requirements for applications, size of awards, and timelines. This information is available on the funder's website.
Note that the application process can be lengthy (12-18 months), so it is important that doctoral students begin planning their dissertation research as soon as possible in their program. Click here to find a suggested timeline for developing a dissertation research grant proposal.
The Office of Research Administration offers workshops on grant writing that students may attend.
Depending on their academic fields and specific research doctoral students may need to become familiar with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements for the protection of of human subjects or radiation and biohazard standards.
There are also University of Akron submission policies and guidelines that doctoral students will need to follow.