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The department attempts to provide all eligible graduate students with financial awards for at least part of the time in which they enroll. This funding is currently set for a minimum of 15 terms. Students should be prepared to rely on their own financial resources for some portion of their residence in the department.

Students are also encouraged to apply for outside support from public or private agencies. Loan funds and work study monies are not administered by the department. Separate application for this should be made directly to:

Office of Student Financial Aid
1278 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1278


Graduate funding carries a waiver of tuition. Recipients must, however, pay an instructional fee of approximately $61 per term. Students who enroll in credits over the summer can have the instructional fee waived.

Eligibility for continuation of funding will be based on satisfactory performance of the duties connected with the funding, successful completion of specific parts of the program within the time limits described in the preceding sections and acceptable academic performance. Students who lose their funding because of unsatisfactory performance will be considered for renewed support when their work is brought back up to a satisfactory level. Further details on regulations regarding eligibility for continuation of funding are given in the department’s policy statement on GE appointments available from the department’s graduate secretary.

The department currently has a policy of providing eligible students with at least 15 terms of support. This funding must be taken within 7 years from initial enrollment. All funding is contingent upon maintaining good standing in the department. Students can apply for additional funding when their normal terms of support have been used up. These will be granted on a term by term basis depending on availability.

Graduate Employee

Most of the funding available within the department are for Graduate Employees (GEs), which require the student to assist faculty members with their teaching duties. That assistance can include the construction and grading of tests, leading group discussions, keeping office hours to provide individual help to students, attending the faculty member’s lectures, etc.

Those who receive appointments at .40 F.T.E. (full-time equivalent) are required to perform duties developed by the department to a maximum of 526 hours per nine-month academic year. This translates into a maximum workload of 176 hours per term, exclusive of vacation periods. Other assignments are prorated from that standard.

Research Assistant

Research assistantships are occasionally available to applicants with some graduate training or exceptional undergraduate records, including research experience. These are renewable annually at the discretion of the research project director and the approval of the department.

Graduate Awards

Department awards are awarded through a competitive application each spring and are available to doctoral students in good academic standing. More information