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Assistantships, Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for university-based assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships. Inquiries should be addressed to the director of the graduate program to which the student has applied.

Students are encouraged to apply for externally funded fellowships as well. See the Nonuniversity Fellowships heading below.

Assistantships Awarded by the University. The salary for teaching and graduate assistantships is $25,969 (2014-2015) for an academic year. Assistants with standard appointments also receive employee health benefits as well as full remission of tuition and fees.

Fellowship Awards. Fellowship awards are made by many academic units to doctoral students of exceptional promise. The awards typically carry stipends of $21,000 to $29,000 plus tuition per year and are offered in combination with assistantships over periods of four to six years. University-funded and many external fellows are also provided student major medical health insurance.

Presidential Fellowships. These special fellowships are awarded to a small number of entering doctoral students each year across the university. Stipends are $35,000 and recipients are provided tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage. Beginning in 2014 a new program of Presidential Fellowships provides $15,000 annual supplements to existing fellowships for the most outstanding candidates.

Bevier and University Fellowships. Postqualifying students already at the university may apply for Louis Bevier Fellowships and University Fellowships. Funds provided by the Louis Bevier Memorial Fund and by the state, respectively, support a limited number of fellowships that currently carry stipends of $25,000. The Louis Bevier Memorial Fund was established through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Wright in honor of the late Dean Bevier.

Bunting-Cobb Graduate Residential Mentorship for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Bunting-Cobb Graduate Residential Mentorships for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are offered by Douglass Residential College for women enrolled as full-time students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Bunting-Cobb graduate mentors live in residence in the Bunting-Cobb Math and Science Hall at Douglass and serve as mentors to undergraduate women in mathematics, science, and engineering. The position includes a stipend and a single room with board for the academic year. Bunting-Cobb fellows have the opportunity to be part of a unique program of support for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For more information, contact the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 50 Bishop Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8558, or call 848-932-9197.

Diversity Fellowships. Through referral from graduate program directors, the Graduate School-New Brunswick identifies and seeks to support underrepresented students across the disciplines. Fellowships from various sources are allocated to encourage the enrollment of these students and thus diversify the graduate community. The fellowships awarded are comparable to those awarded through the schools and colleges.

Eagleton Institute of Politics Graduate Fellowship Program in Politics and Government. The Eagleton Institute of Politics offers an interdisciplinary fellowship program that provides up to 27 selected students the opportunity to further their understanding of the practice of politics and public affairs and to connect their knowledge to their chosen field of study. Applications are welcomed from students in any Rutgers graduate school or department at any point during their graduate studies. Eagleton fellows continue their graduate programs without interruption during the fellowship year; the fellowship complements students' academic study.

During the fall, fellows enroll in a weekly, 3-credit seminar designed to help them prepare for the spring semester when they are placed with a government office for at least 15 hours per week. Throughout the year, fellows participate in many other programs at the Eagleton Institute and in Trenton as well as a two-day trip to Annapolis to compare the Maryland state legislature and government with New Jersey's.

The spring semester placements are arranged to meet each fellow's interests and in recent years have included, for example, the Governor's Office; the departments of corrections, human services, and transportation; the State Legislature's Democratic, Republican, and nonpartisan offices; the Port Authority; the City of Newark; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Eagleton Fellowships provide stipends ranging from $6,000 to $8,625 and some provide varying levels of tuition remission.

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Nonuniversity Fellowships. Many graduate students at the university receive fellowships funded by sources outside the university. A major source of funding is the National Science Foundation, which offers talented graduate students in the sciences significant funding to pursue their academic programs. Information and applications are available from the Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418. Students may wish to consult standard reference material for other sources of nonuniversity fellowships. Students already enrolled in the Graduate School-New Brunswick should consult the GradFund website,

Students who receive aid administered by the Office of Financial Aid must report to that office any employment offers, fellowships, scholarships, loans, gifts, and assistantships received subsequent to the original award made by the Office of Financial Aid.

Robert White-Stevens Graduate Fellowship. The Robert White-Stevens Graduate Fellowship is named in memory of Dr. Robert White-Stevens, who was an agriculturist and former chair of the Bureau of Conservation and Environmental Science. Dr. White-Stevens also was the assistant director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, a biology professor, and a faculty member of Cook College. The fellowship supports an advanced doctoral student who is committed to alleviating world hunger by increasing the food supply through plant or animal research.

Other Fellowships and Scholarships. Each department continually seeks funds from outside sources to help defray student expenses. Inquiries regarding the availability of such monies may be made through graduate program offices and advisers.

GradFund. GradFund is a service of the Graduate School-New Brunswick dedicated to assisting its students in identifying and applying for nationally competitive external grants and fellowships to support graduate work at the predoctoral and dissertation stages. GradFund resources and services are open to all students currently enrolled in the Graduate School-New Brunswick and include the GradFund Funder Database, proposal-writing tools, proposal-writing workshops, and individual meetings to discuss, review, and critique funding applications. For additional information on GradFund services or to schedule an appointment, visit

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