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Applicants do not need to request consideration for a department program assistantship. With your application you will automatically be considered for a departmental teaching or research assistantship.

However, eligible applicants should apply for applicable fellowships, scholarships, and similar awards. See the Office of Graduate Studies fellowship/scholarships website ( Students who receive such awards receive the same support package as other students but have less work obligation.

The fellowships and scholarships our students most often apply for and receive are the following:

  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
  • Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fellowship
  • McNair Doctoral Fellowship (part of the GSS Fellowships)

In addition to fellowships and scholarships for which applicants apply, there are some (e.g., Presidential Graduate Fellowship) for which the program submits materials on the applicants' behalf.