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 are now closed for 2020-21 fellowships. The deadline was January 24th.

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship

2020-21 Arthur Mag application – deadline has passed

Benefits: The Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000 for the academic year plus remission of up to 12 hours of graduate education tuition. One Arthur Mag Fellowship will be awarded for 2020-21.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a full-time basis. High level academic achievement is required. Personality, good citizenship, commitment to community service, and potential to contribute to programs in the Kansas City area will also be considered in the selection process. A committee of community members makes the final selection.

Only students from the following programs are eligible:

(1) Any doctoral student in the Psychology Ph.D. program or whose primary Interdisciplinary Ph.D. discipline is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

(2) Students pursuing an LL.M. degree in the School of Law.

(3) Any graduate student in the Bloch School of Management.

Note: This is a full academic year fellowship. Students who plan to graduate in December are NOT eligible for this award program.

The application packet must include:

* The 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

2020-21 MacQuarrie Fellowship application – deadline has passed

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 application packet must include:

* The 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.
* Two Faculty letters of recommendation

 

School of Graduate Studies Graduate Opportunity Fellowship

2020-21 Opportunity Fellowship application – deadline has passed

The School of Graduate Studies aims to support students who face barriers to the completion of their degree program. This award comes with an academic year stipend of $10,000 plus remission of up to 12 hours of graduate education tuition.

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently-enrolled degree-seeking doctoral students (Ph.D., IPh.D, Ed.D., D.M.A.), who have circumstances that negatively impact their ability to remain enrolled in their program of study. These circumstances may be physical or financial barriers, as well as limited resources or unanticipated events.

The application packet must include:

* The 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.
* Two Faculty letters of recommendation

 

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Scholar Fellowship

2020-21 PFF Fellowship application – deadline has passed

Program

The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a Graduate Certificate Program in College Teaching and Career preparation that will appear on students’ transcripts. The program comprises a total of 12 credits of sequenced course experiences across two years. All courses are taught completely on-line, with 3 on-campus PFF lecture sessions in both the Fall and in the Spring semesters that can be attended face-to-face or via distance education technology. Students who complete the certificate receive honed training for college-level teaching and the academic job search process, culminating in a portfolio of documents, such as a CV, a Teaching Philosophy Statement, and samples of course syllabi.

Program Eligibility

All students who have completed undergraduate degrees are eligible to apply to this program. Students must have a faculty member from a college-level institution agree to serve as a Program Mentor.

Program Fellowship

Each year a competition for no more than six PFF Fellowships is made available. Fellowship recipients are awarded early admission to the program. In addition, PFF Fellowship recipients receive tuition remission for 3 credits and a stipend of $2,500. This award may be renewable provided recipients are making satisfactory progress in the program.

Program Fellowship Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by committee for Fall 2020 program commencement for overall strengths across application materials. Applications must include:

  • All applicants must submit a Signed Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Mentor that comments on the applicant’s suitability for the program and on the mentor’s willingness to allow the PFF candidate to observe during teaching, to allow the PFF candidate to conduct an interview related to faculty roles and responsibilities, and to observe the PFF candidate during classroom instruction in order to share specific feedback related to teaching performance.
  • Applicants must submit a Signed One-Page Letter stating your goals for program participation and your educational history. Please note that enrollment in or completion of a graduate-level program is required for admission.

Notes

  • Applications without all required materials (including the recommendation letter) will not be reviewed.
  • Faculty can submit letters of recommendation directly to the School of Graduate Studies via email to umkcsgs@umkc.edu. Your letter writer should include your name and the name of the fellowship for which you are applying in the subject line.
  • This application and all supporting documents are to be submitted as a PDF to umkcsgs@umkc.edu by NOON, on Friday, January 24th, 2020

 

2019-20 Fellowship & Grant Winners

Arthur Mag Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Jessica Hildreth, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

MacQuarrie Graduate Fellowship recipient

  • Kelsey Christensen, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Opportunity Fellowship recipients

  • Raquel Craney, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • Jasmine Eddinger, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Naveen Kumar Macha, Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship recipients

  • Navid Jubaer Ayon, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Chemistry
  • Amir Baratijourabi, Ph.D. in English and the Humanities Consortium
  • Leslie Essel, Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
  • Md Tajul Islam, Ph.D. in Computer Networking & Communication Systems and Computer Science
  • Hasita Kaja, Ph.D. in Telecommunications & Computer Networking and Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Md Mainul Islam Mamun, Ph.D. in Computer Networking & Communication Systems and Computer Science

 

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)

Policy and procedures for International students to become certified and eligible for teaching positions

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).