University Funding OpportunitiesFinancial Assistance through the Office of Graduate Studies
Although the assistance provided via the Graduate Dean’s office is not based merely upon need, applicants must, nevertheless, establish their eligibility to receive aid through their academic advisors, the respective college and school deans, and institute directors. Only fully-admitted, full-time graduate students shall be eligible to receive financial assistance from University funding sources. Most graduate students should be prepared to pay some of their graduate education costs by utilizing their own funds.
Financial assistance available to support graduate students through the School of Graduate Studies funding include the following:
- University Fellowships/Scholarships
- University Matriculation Waiver
- University Assistantships
- University Assistantships Tuition Waiver
- University Theses/Dissertation Incentive Awards
- Graduate Feeder Program
These fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to full-time students of outstanding academic potential. Criteria include: Upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted no later than the drop and add period of each semester. Applications are available from the individual college/unit graduate program coordinators.
University Matriculation Waiver
These waivers may be awarded to out-of-state students who are approved and classified as fellows based on academic excellence and scholarly potential. The amount of the waiver is determined by the academic unit and/or the School of Graduate Studies. Awards are based on the availability of funds and numbers of registered matriculation hours.
Assistantships are available through the School of Graduate Studies and the various academic units. Assistantships granted by the School of Graduate Studies are based upon nominations from graduate program coordinators and deans of the respective colleges, schools and institutes. Assistants must be full-time, fully admitted students who maintain good academic standing. Assistantships may normally be retained for the duration of the students' tenure so long as acceptable progress is being made toward graduation. All assistantship requests should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies no later than two (2) weeks after the start of the semester.
University Assistantship Tuition Waiver
These waivers maybe awarded to out-of-state students. Assistantships are granted by nomination from program directors/coordinators and are based on academic excellence and scholarly potential. The amount of the waiver is determined by the academic unit and/or the School of Graduate Studies. Awards are based on the availability of funds and numbers of registered matriculation hours.
University Thesis/Dissertation Incentive Awards
These awards are available to students writing thesis/dissertation while pursuing the graduate degree. Awards are based on the number of hours registered for thesis/dissertation and satisfactory progress in the degree program. Nominations are made by major advisors and graduate program coordinators/directors to the School of Graduate Studies. The awards range from $250 to $1000 per semester and renewal is contingent upon the students' progress, in a timely fashion toward their degrees. Students must be officially registered for thesis/dissertation credits while receiving these awards.
Graduate Feeder Program
This program is an arrangement with 47 doctoral degree-granting institutions that have partnered with FAMU to ensure admission/financial aid packages annually for a limited number of qualified FAMU graduates who wish to pursue advanced degrees. Feeder institutions may provide tuition, room and board, waiver of the application fee, stipend for books and other substantial stipends and/or assistantships/fellowships to qualified students who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree.