Funding for M.S. or Ph.D. Students

Many forms of graduate student support are available - research and teaching assistantships, federally supported grants and fellowships, and university fellowships and scholarships. These forms of support are awarded on a competitive basis, and typically provide a competitive monthly stipend, a waiver of out-of-state tuition for non-Texas residents, full in-state tuition, and health insurance benefits for the student and any dependents. All students admitted to the thesis degrees (M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Oceanography) are considered for support and no separate application is necessary.

The majority of our M.S. and Ph.D. students fund their graduate education by either teaching assistantships (Graduate Assistant in Teaching; GAT) or research assistantships (Graduate Assistant in Research; GAR). The Department of Oceanography has an excellent record of maintaining full financial support until graduation for M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students who are making satisfactory academic progress.

Oceanography Scholarships

Scholarship funds are available for new M.S. and Ph.D. students. Departmental scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and all accepted M.S. and Ph.D. students are automatically considered; no separate application is necessary.

University Scholarships or Fellowships

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) is another funding resource. There are two main fellowships our students receive from the University: Graduate Diversity Fellowship and Graduate Merit Fellowship. Students are nominated for these awards by their prospective faculty advisor. These fellowships typically have very early deadlines, therefore applicants who feel they meet the criteria of the fellowship are encouraged to submit all application materials before January 1.

Externally Funded Grants or Fellowships

Graduate students may also apply for a number of externally funded fellowships. These fellowships are not processed or awarded by the Department of Oceanography. Please view the following links for more information about the available fellowships.