Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student curious about funding opportunities outside of your department? If you are not sure where to start your search, and could use some tips on how to track down available funding, then you have come to the right place. Read on to find some of the sources of funding that can be available to graduate students at UConn, and learn how to apply for them.

As a graduate student at UConn, you can find financial relief either as a Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant (GA/TA/RA), or by finding employment (either part-time or full-time). You can also find a fellowship or scholarship either at UConn, or from some external sources to support your graduate education.

Finding a GA/TA/RA: Many students pursuing graduate degrees at UConn are awarded funding either as a GA/TA/RA. If you are on the lookout for these kinds of positions outside of your own academic department, you should start by contacting departments where you think your expertise can be of use. Many departments need graduate students to teach courses for them, or to help out with research or administrative duties. If you think your knowledge and skills would be relevant to a particular department do not hesitate to reach out to ask if you can help them out in any way.
In addition to academic departments, different offices across UConn also have GA/RA positions available. Do your research, and if your own interests align well with the overall objectives and missions of a particular office, get in touch with them and indicate your enthusiasm for working with them. Do not be disheartened by a few negative responses. The key to success is to keep trying!
Here are a few other tips on finding a GA/TA/RA:
• Browse through the graduate student daily announcement email regularly to make sure that you are not missing out on an available assistantship that is a perfect fit for you.
• Check The Graduate School’s site periodically to keep yourself aware of open GA positions at UConn.
• Keep a lookout for any communication sent by different campus entities, like departments or offices, about available opportunities.

Finding a fellowship or scholarship: There are different resources that you can utilize to find a fellowship/scholarship either at UConn, or from an external funding source. Visit the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at UConn to get started with your search, or to find useful information on how you can maximize your chances of being awarded a fellowship you have your heart set on.

Finding part-time or full-time employment: Balancing employment with pursuing graduate education can be really challenging. However, if you believe that this is the best option for you then you can try to find positions either at UConn, or beyond. You can take a look at this page for job openings at UConn. If you need help with finding a job, visit the Center for Career Development for advice and guidance tailored to your needs.

Even if you have funding through your department, securing external funding can be hugely advantageous to you. It will diversify your workplace background and add to your skillset. Receiving external funding also demonstrates that you are a motivated and resourceful person and help you in gaining valuable experience.

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By Tithi Basu Mallik
Tithi Basu Mallik Graduate Student Career Programs and Services Graduate Assistant Tithi Basu Mallik