Graduate Student Financial Aid
Teaching and research assistantships are a primary source of financial aid to graduate students. If you wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship in the Department of Marine Science, please complete the financial aid supplemental information for the graduate program in the Application for Admission to Graduate Study. The application for admission, transcripts, GRE scores, statement of objectives, and three letters of reference must be received by the Department's Graduate Advisor no later than December 1. Applications received after that date will be considered for an alternate list only.
Research assistants are hired directly by individual faculty members and research scientists at the Marine Science Institute. It is necessary for you to personally contact the professor with whom you seek employment in Port Aransas. The Graduate Adviser will help you identify potential supervisors.
Non-resident students who are employed half-time by the University as teaching and research assistants are eligible to receive a waiver of the non-resident tuition and fees and will pay the same charges as a Texas state resident. They are also eligible to apply for medical and dental insurance coverage.
No graduate student shall be eligible for reappointment as a teaching assistant after having served in that capacity for fourteen long-session academic semesters. The total combined service as a teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, academic assistant, assistant (graduate), and assistant instructor shall not exceed fourteen long-session academic semesters.
Nine hours of tuition will be paid by the University when you hold a teaching assistantship.
E.J. Lund Research Scholarship Awards in Marine Science
E.J. Lund and Julian C. Barton Scholarships are available in Marine Science. Income from these endowment funds are for awards for graduate students of exceptional merit. Four to six students are selected through an annual competition and supported for up to twelve months. Only applicants who have never previously received support qualify. Awards are limited to students who will be in resident at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas at the time they use the Fellowship.
The Office of Graduate Studies administers a small number of highly competitive fellowships. The recipients are selected on the basis of merit and academic excellence. These University Fellows receive tuition and fees in addition to their stipend. Awards are offered as soon as an eligible candidate is identified until all the funding has been committed. Obviously, it is urgent that the application file be completed at the earliest possible date.