Graduate Student Support

  • Graduate students in our program are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships. Graduate teaching assistantship are readily available and the current 9-month stipend is $19,944 (for MS students) and $23,175 (for Ph.D. students). Tuition is waived for students on assistantships.

External Funding

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding: NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The NSF sponsors the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which provides three years of financial support for graduate students.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Funding: This page provides access to research funding opportunities for scientists and engineers. The major funding categories are fellowships, which are awards to individual students or recent graduates for environmental study, and research grants. Grants and fellowships are offered to researchers affiliated with academic institutions and other not-for-profit organizations.
  • National Research Council (NRC): Information about the Postdoctoral Research Associateship Programs that the National Research Council administers for thirty federal laboratories and NASA Research Centers at over one hundred United States and overseas locations.
  • Peterson's Scholarship Search: Create a profile containing your personal information. Peterson's will search the scholarship database for awards with criteria that match your profile information. Descriptions of the matched awards-and their providers-will be instantly displayed on your screen upon completion of your profile survey.
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU): ORAU is a consortium of 87 colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the Resource Guide, which is available at