Funding Your Education: Fellowships and Assistantships

Funding your graduate education may involve several avenues and agencies. Below are some resources to help guide your financial journey through graduate school.

 

UMKC Graduate Fellowships

Applications for 2022-23 fellowships are closed.

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship

Benefits: The Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000 plus remission of up to 12 hours of graduate education tuition. One Arthur Mag Fellowship will be awarded for 2022-2023 academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students in academic programs from Bloch, the College of Arts & Sciences, or Law.

The award is based on merit, personality, and citizenship. A committee of community members makes the final selection.

Note: Students who plan on graduating before Spring 2023 are NOT eligible for this award program.

The application must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • Transcripts of previous work; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. In Pathway’s “Self Service,” there is an option in “Academic Records” to request an unofficial transcript to be sent to your university email address, rather than paying $10 for the official copy.
  • One Faculty letter of recommendation.

 

Ronald A. MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship

The MacQuarrie Fellowship Fund was formed with the intent to assist graduate students with financial need to pursue their graduate education. Dr. Ron MacQuarrie served as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 1995 to 2011. New or continuing graduate students are eligible, with preference given to students with financial need and academic potential.

The purpose of the MacQuarrie Fellowship is to support students seeking a graduate degree at UMKC.

Eligibility: New or continuing students are eligible. Preference will be given to students with financial need and academic potential.

The application packet must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • Transcripts of previous work; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. In Pathway’s “Self Service,” there is an option in “Academic Records” to request an unofficial transcript to be sent to your university email address, rather than paying $10 for the official copy.
  • Three Faculty letters of recommendation, one of these must be from your primary advisor/chairperson/mentor

 

School of Graduate Studies Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

The School of Graduate Studies aims to support students who are members of minority groups or have federally recognized disabilities. This award comes with an academic year stipend of $10,000 plus remission of up to 12 hours of graduate education tuition.

Purpose: The purpose of this fellowship is to support doctoral students who have circumstances that impact their ability to successfully complete their degree.

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently-enrolled degree-seeking doctoral students (Ph.D., IPh.D, Ed.D., D.M.A.), who are U.S. Citizens and members of a federally recognized U.S. racial/ethnic minority group or have a federally recognized disability.  Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

Students who plan to graduate before Spring 2023 are not eligible for this award.

The application packet must include:

  • A completed application form
  • Transcripts of previous work; for continuing UMKC students, supply only a UMKC transcript. In Pathway’s “Self Service,” there is an option in “Academic Records” to request an unofficial transcript to be sent to your university email address, rather than paying $10 for the official copy.
  • Three Faculty letters of recommendation, one of these must be from your primary advisor/chairperson/mentor.

 

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Scholar Fellowship

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a 12-credit, two-year online Graduate Certificate Program in College Teaching and Career preparation. Fellowships for the PFF program are awarded each year to competitively selected new program applicants. PFF Fellows receive tuition remission for 3 credits and a stipend of $2,500. This award may be renewable for the second year of the program provided recipients are making satisfactory progress in the program.

Fellowship Application Process

Applying for the PFF Fellowship requires applying to the PFF program. Only current or prospective graduate students who wish to participate in the PFF program are encouraged to apply for the PFF Fellowship. Applications will be reviewed for overall strengths across application materials by committee for Fall 2022 program commencement. The application for the fellowship requires three components:

  • Signed Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Mentor that comments on the applicant’s suitability for the program to be emailed to Dr. Candace Schlein (schleinc@umkc.edu).
  • Signed One-Page Letter stating goals for program participation and educational history to be emailed to Dr. Candace Schlein (schleinc@umkc.edu).
  • Completed program application through UMKC online application system. Click here to Apply to the program. If you are new to the online application system, you may first need to create an account. Once you access the application, select “College Teaching and Career Preparation” from the drop-down menu.

 

2022-23 Fellowship Winners

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Alissa Kim – Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology

MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Hunter Howie – Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology

Opportunity Fellowship recipients

  • Ashton Jones – DMA student in Vocal Performance and MM in Choral Conducting
  • Anahi Ramirez – Ph.D. student in Psychology

Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship recipients

  • Paige Crain – Ph.D. student in Curriculum & Instruction and Mathematics
  • Deepak Deo – Ph.D. student in Physics and Curriculum & Instruction
  • Mohan Kumar Gajendran – Ph.D. student in Engineering and Mathematics
  • Buwanila Punchihewa – Ph.D. student in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Sarah Zalesakova – MA student in Special Education

2021-22 Fellowship Winners

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Madeleine Hardt – Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Syed Jawad Shah – Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Computer Networking & Communication Systems

Opportunity Fellowship recipients

  • Raquel Craney – Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology
  • Maryam Nakhjiri – Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Alejandro Quiceno Garcia – DMA student in Cello Performance

Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship recipients

  • Milton Gomez Toledo – Ph.D. student in English and Humanities Consortium
  • Mohammed Nurudeen Ibrahim – Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Taylor Michl – Masters student in Counseling Psychology
  • Grace Volker – MM student in Music Performance with Voice emphasis
  • Salome Wilfred – Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology

2020-21 Fellowship & Grant Winners

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Jessica Hildreth – Ph.D. student in Psychology

MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Madeleine Hardt – Ph.D. student in Psychology

Opportunity Fellowship recipients

  • Jensen Davis – Ph.D. student in Psychology
  • Janee Henderson – Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology
  • Jessica Hildreth – Ph.D. student in Psychology

Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship recipients

  • Addison Lucchi – Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations and English
  • Nitish Mishra – Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Bahaa Mustafa – Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Maryam Nakhjiri – Ph.D. student in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Dilek Soysal – Ph.D. student in Mathematics and Curriculum & Instruction

 

External Fellowships

The compiled list is not comprehensive – there are a vast number of fellowships and scholarships in the nation awaiting your application. This list can get you started.

One example is the P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) program, established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards from women of the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited institution. Learn more about this program here.

 

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantship funding for graduate students is typically offered through the academic units in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), or Graduate Assistantship (GA).  Occasionally, non-academic or administrative units will put out a call for GA positions; when possible the School of Graduate Studies will announce these opportunities through our weekly email communication. 

GTA Orientation

GTA orientation typically takes place each fall and spring semester. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies for registration information by email at UMKCSGS@umkc.edu.

GTA Resources

GTA handbook (PDF)

Note: All international students except those with U.S. degrees must complete the certification process before being eligible for Graduate Teaching or Graduate Instructor positions. Please see the above policy and procedures for more information.

Definitions

Graduate students may hold one of four academic appointments: Graduate Instructor, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant or Graduate Assistant. 

Graduate Instructor

A Graduate Instructor (GI) is an advanced graduate student who holds a master’s degree or its equivalent and is completing the last requirements for a doctoral degree, typically the dissertation. The GI has full responsibility for the instructional duties assigned, and teaching assignments are those of a regular faculty instructor. The GI appointment shall be an appointment at the appropriate FTE level. The appropriate academic unit will appoint GIs, with salaries drawn from that unit’s instructional budget on the same basis as salaries for faculty Instructors. After completing degree requirements, a student may not continue in the University employment as a GI.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) is a graduate student at any appropriate level appointed to instructional work supervised by a regular faculty member. GTAs are normally assigned at the 0.25, 0.50, or no more than 0.70 FTE levels (SGS Dean approval required), with 10 hours of work per week expected for each .25 FTE.  A 0.5 FTE level GTA receives a minimum of 6 credits tuition remission (resident and non-resident, if applicable) each semester and are adjusted accordingly by FTE.  Units may provide more than the minimum.

Graduate Research Assistant

A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) is a graduate student at any appropriate level appointed as an active participant in the research activity of an academic unit. Such research is normally related to the students’ academic program and may serve to fulfill thesis or other research requirements of their degree programs. GRAs are assigned at the 0.25, 0.50, or no more than 0.70 FTE levels (SGS Dean approval required), with 10 hours of work per week expected for each .25 FTE. The appropriate academic division shall make GRA appointments, normally drawing stipends from external sources.  A 0.5 FTE level GRA receives a minimum of 6 credits tuition remission (resident and non-resident, if applicable) each semester and are adjusted accordingly by FTE.  Units may provide more than the minimum.

Graduate Assistants

A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a graduate student at any appropriate level appointed to a non-instructional or non-research role, but one that is associated with the educational process (e.g., academic advising or assisting a student support unit). Graduate assistant appointments may or may not necessitate use of knowledge or disciplinary skills acquired in their academic programs, but should enhance their knowledge or develop skills for future use in their career and professional development. Examples of assistantship functions in this category include academic advising, support for functions of the Provost’s office (e.g., University assessment or institutional research), grading responsibilities not associated with additional instructional support), setting up laboratories, or working in Student Affairs or Athletics. 

Graduate students in this category may be paid hourly or receive a stipend; tuition remission may or may not be granted.  When they receive a stipend, GAs are normally assigned at the 0.25, 0.50, or no more than 0.70 FTE levels (SGS Dean approval required), with 10 hours of work per week expected for each .25 FTE.  A 0.5 FTE level GA receives a minimum of 6 credits tuition remission (resident and non-resident, if applicable) each semester and are adjusted accordingly by FTE.  Units may provide more than the minimum.  GA positions paid hourly do not generally come with tuition remission; GA positions paid hourly must pay at or above MO minimum wage.

Minimum Stipend Levels

In FY21 (AY20-21), the minimum campus assistantship stipend will be $15/hour ($10,800 for a .50 FTE 9 month assistantship). 

In rare circumstances stipend levels can be offered below the minimum, as long as the compensation package (not including tuition remission) is valued above the campus minimum (e.g., stipend + subsidization of on-campus housing).