Funding for Graduate Education at UMKC

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.  If you are a current student who is looking for assistantship opportunities, you are encouraged to contact your mentor, program director, discipline coordinator, or department chair to learn more. 

Definitions

Graduate Research Assistants

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 student’s academic program and may serve to fulfill thesis or other research requirements of their degree program.  GRAs are assigned at the 0.25, 0.50, or no more than 0.70 FTE levels, with 10 hours of work per week generally expected for each 0.25 FTE.  

Graduate Teaching Assistants

A Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) is a graduate student at any appropriate level appointed to instructional workload supervised by a regular faculty member. GRAs are assigned at the 0.25, 0.50, or no more than 0.70 FTE levels, with 10 hours of work per week generally expected for each 0.25 FTE.  

Graduate Assistants

A Graduate Assistant (GA) is a graduate student at any appropriate level appointed to provide a service associated with the educational process (e.g., graders, work in Student Life).  GAs may be paid hourly or receive a stipend.  Tuition waivers may or may not be granted.   

Fellowships

UMKC Graduate Fellowships

For listings of available UMKC Graduate Fellowships in various disciplines, links to application forms and general information about the programs, please follow this link: Graduate Fellowships

External Fellowships

For a list of external fellowships available to UMKC Graduate Students, including the organization information, areas of study available for funding, deadline information, amount of financing available and contact information, please follow this link: External Fellowships

Fee Remissions and Waiver Policies

Graduate students wanting information on Fee remissions, non-resident fee waivers, or graduate research teaching or assistant information, please follow this link: Fee Remission and Waiver Policies