Graduate School

Financial Aid Information


The Graduate School administers Honors Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, Underrepresented Minority Fellowships and the Summer Graduate Research Assistantships.

The largest source of funds for graduate support are from teaching, research and graduate assistantships offered by academic departments, along with partial tuition and non-resident waivers. For more information, contact your prospective department regarding the availability of such assistantships.

Online Programs are NOT eligible for Fellowships, Scholarships or Assistantships at this time.

External grants, awards and fellowships are also types of funding that graduate students can apply for. These funds can be obtained from national, state and local organizations, foundation and agencies. A few links are provided below.

The last option is obtaining a loan. To apply for federal loans, you must complete a FAFSA form online. If you have questions pertaining to loans and other forms of financial assistance not noted above, please contact the Financial Aid Office:

      The University of Mississippi
      P.O. Box 1848
      University, MS 38677-1848;
      Phone: (800) 891-4596;

Dissertation Fellowship Program

This non-service award is designed to assist doctoral students who are in the final stages of the dissertation process. The intent is to provide financial assistance to relieve candidates of current service-type responsibilities (teaching, research and/or other related obligations to the University), thereby enabling them to focus on their research analysis and writing.
The amount of the award is $6000 plus a tuition reduction. The time period is one semester. Full-time enrollment is required. Any student nominated must be in candidacy and must have a copy of his or her prospectus on file at the Graduate School. Students are nominated by a letter of support from the department chair. Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Honors Fellowships

The Graduate School awards non-service fellowships to incoming students of exceptional academic accomplishment.  Recipients of a graduate honors fellowship are also eligible to receive departmental assistantships or fellowships.  Students must be nominated by their graduate programs to be considered for a fellowship.  These awards are competitive and not all students who meet the minimum criteria will receive fellowships. 

Award Amount:  $2000-$3000 per academic year ($1000 per regular semester for master’s students and $1500 per regular semester for doctoral students).

Qualifications:  To be considered for an Honors Fellowship, candidates must be eligible for admission in full standing and meet the following criteria:

1.  Students must be enrolled full time and hold a departmental assistantship paying at least $2250 per semester.

2.  Students must meet one of the following criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5
  • Master’s Degree GPA of 3.75
  • Verbal GRE score of 158 or higher
  • Quantitative GRE score of 158 or higher and Verbal score of 150 or higher
  • Analytical Writing GRE score of 5.0 or higher
  • GMAT score of 600 or higher

3.  International students who are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, must have a score on the TOEFL (ibt) of at least 95, or the equivalent score on another English language proficiency test. Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program

The Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program provides $3000 for doctoral students and $2500 for master's students during the summer (minimum of 10 weeks of research). The goal is to provide funds to enable promising graduate students to remain on task and on-campus in their pursuit of a degree. Students cannot obtain additional University employment during this period.

To be eligible the student must be a full-time, full-standing doctoral student at any stage and in any discipline. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have completed their prospectus. A limited number of assistantships will also be reserved for master's (thesis option) track students. Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program

The Graduate School administers a fellowship program available to persons who are members of minority groups that have historically been underrepresented in various graduate education programs. The stipend associated with this fellowship is $1,000 for master's students and $1,500 for doctoral students per semester (fall and spring) and includes a 75 percent tuition scholarship and a 44 percent non-resident scholarship.
To receive the fellowship a student must be admitted into a degree program, must be enrolled on the Oxford campus for at least nine hours of graduate work each semester, must be nominated by the academic department, and must not be a full-time employee. The tuition scholarship and nonresident fee scholarship are also available to graduate students who are part-time and who are enrolled at one of our off-campus centers. Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Graduate Assistantships or Instructorships

Application for a graduate assistantship/instructorship should be made directly to the academic department in which the applicant will pursue a degree.

Graduate Assistantships that require part-time teaching, laboratory assistance, research, or other assistance are available in a number of fields and from grant and contracts. Certain academic departments offer graduate instructorships, which involves direct responsibility for teaching one or more courses.
Stipends for graduate assistantships/instructorships vary, depending on the level of the graduate student, the service to be rendered, and the time commitment (typically ¼ or ½ time appointments are made). Academic excellence, maturity, and teaching or research experience are the main qualifications considered in the appointment of assistants/instructors. In addition to the stipend, graduate assistants/instructors also receive a partial tuition scholarship (75 percent of tuition for ¼ time appointments and 100 percent of tuition for a ½ time appointment) and receive a full non-resident fee scholarship.

Graduate students who are enrolled full-time and who receive a minimum of $2500 per semester as either an assistantship or fellowship are eligible for a partial tuition scholarship (75 percent of tuition for the minimum, ¼ time stipend, increasing to a 100 percent tuition scholarship for a ½ time stipend). Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Sumners Grant

A Graduate Students that is a resident of Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery or Webster County in Mississippi may qualify for the Sumners Grant. The application and eligibility requirements can be found by clicking here . Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Tuition Scholarships and Non-Resident Fee Scholarships

Online Programs are NOT eligible at this time.

Other Sources

The University of Mississippi's Office of Research & Sponsored Programs subscribes to many databases to assist in grant searching.

Other listings:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Student Financial Aid Grants- Federal
Postdoc Fellowship Page
Federal Grants- all areas available
White House Fellowship Program