Funding for All Students


  • This page describes the various sources of funds available to students on a competitive basis irrespective of their nationality. 

Departmental Assistantships

  • Most assistantships are in the form of graduate research assistantships.
    • These are project-based and renewable based on performance and availability of funds.
  • The department also provides teaching assistantships.

    • These are usually directed to advanced students, and the terms are similar to graduate research assistantships.

Graduate Research Assistantship Terms (2016/2017)

  • Stipends for standard 1/2-time assistantship:
    • First-year M.S.: $2,053/month; $24,636 per year
    • Second-year M.S., and Ph.D.: $2,092/month; $25,104 per year
    • Third-year, Ph.D.: $2,131/month; $25,572 per year
  • Health insurance included
  • Tuition waiver on:
    • 9 credits, Fall and Spring Semesters
    • 5 credits, Summer Semester
  • In-state fees on additional credits
  • Stipends for 1/4 time assistantships are proportionately lower but all other benefits are the same

Departmental Fellowships

  • Four Department endowments support outstanding graduate students.
  • The department’s Admissions Committee nominates candidates for these fellowships based on materials in the student’s application and welcomes additional gifts to help enlarge the pool of funds available to support students.
    • Seevers Graduate Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year graduate students.
    • Carol C. Gustafson and Gary S. Murphy Endowed Fellowship or Research Assistantship provides financial support for doctoral students.
    • Lane and Virginia Holdcroft Graduate Fellowship for African Development supports students with interests in, Community and rural development in Africa.  Preference is given to students preparing for university careers or careers in U.S., African National, or international development agencies.  
    • Henry and Annabel Larzelere Graduate Fellowship supports students with interests in agribusiness management and marketing. Selection is based upon an academic promise, with preference given to students intending to study cooperatives, futures markets or poultry markets.