Assistantships and fellowships can help you pay for your graduate degree while also letting you earn valuable experience for your career.
A graduate assistantship is a form of financial assistance awarded on a competitive basis for which a student works for the university in some capacity in exchange for a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The amount of the stipend varies. A successful applicant must remain a full-time graduate student in order to qualify and may not hold another on-campus job while on assistantship. To apply for a university graduate assistantship, complete the graduate assistantship application found under Downloadable Forms and submit it with your other application materials. All graduate school applicants who intend to enroll full time are eligible to apply for university graduate assistantships. Students admitted on conditional status are not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.
Deadlines for applying for the university graduate assistantships are below:
For fall enrollment - March 1
For spring enrollment - November 1
Other graduate assistantships are offered through various departments around campus. Information on these may be obtained from those departments and offices. Remember to ONLY apply for graduate assistantships for which you qualify and are eligible.
A graduate fellowship is a form of financial assistance awarded on a competitive basis for which a student typically receives a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. Please be aware that a successful applicant may not have other employment on- or off-campus during the fall and spring semester; however, a successful applicant may work in the summer on- or off-campus. Additional information on doctoral, master's, and external fellowships are below.
UL Lafayette has established a doctoral fellowships program for the recruitment of superior students. Doctoral fellowships are available in the areas of Applied Language and Speech Sciences, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, English, and Environmental and Evolutionary Biology. Completed applications must be submitted by February 15 and are available under Downloadable Forms. UL Lafayette uses a portfolio approach for awarding fellowships.
Minimum eligibility expectations for doctoral fellowship applicants include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- 3.5 undergraduate grade point average with a better average in the major field or 3.7 graduate GPA if graduate hours have been pursued.
- GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 308 (1,200 for those who have taken the GRE before August 2011).
- An international student is eligible ONLY if student earned a degree from an accredited American institution.
- Applicants should be first-time doctoral applicants. A current doctoral student who first enrolled at UL in the immediately preceding spring or summer semester may be eligible for the fellowship beginning in the fall semester.
The Graduate School administers the Board of Regents/SREB Minority Doctoral Fellowships. These doctoral fellowships are available as annual grant funding is awarded. Eligible doctoral disciplines are Applied Language and Speech Sciences, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, English, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, and Mathematics. A successful applicant will come from the Race/Ethnic categories of: 1) Black, Non-Hispanic, 2) Native American, or 3) Hispanic. When available, applications are posted under Downloadable Forms.
The master’s fellowships program recruits superior students and is not limited to a particular field of study. Master’s fellowship applications are available under Downloadable Forms and must be submitted by February 15 for consideration. UL Lafayette uses a portfolio approach for awarding fellowships. Minimum eligibility expectations for master’s fellowship applicants include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 or have earned no more than 12 hours in graduate school with a graduate GPA of at least 3.3.
- GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 308 (1,200 for those who have taken the GRE before August 2011) or GMAT score of 600 for MBA applicants.
- An international student is eligible ONLY if student earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited American institution.
Other fellowships are available through external funding sources, vary significantly on funding amount, and have various application processes and deadlines. The Graduate School does not maintain a list of externally funded fellowships. Please visit the Council of Graduate Schools for one such list. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs also maintains a listing of student support via various grants and fellowships; visit their website to learn more.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards Fellowships and Love of Learning Awards for active members. Click here to learn more.
Robert Elliot May Graduate Resident Tuition Fellowships
The Robert Elliot May Graduate Resident Tuition Fellowship program provides resident (in-state) tuition to new non-resident (out-of-state and international) graduate students. To be eligible for this competitively-awarded fellowship, a student must be a new student admitted to a degree-seeking (master's or doctoral) graduate program in regular admission status. Recipients must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (excluding summer sessions), remain in good academic standing, and make satisfactory progress toward the degree sought. Should a recipient accept a graduate assistantship or other tuition-waiver benefit, the resident tuition fellowship is forfeited. If you're interested in learning more about this resident tuition fellowship opportunity, contact the Graduate School or the Graduate Coordinator of the program to which you've applied.