Applying for Graduate Funding

NOTE: online application for academic year 2017-2018 will open beginning September 1, 2016.


University Fellowships

Fellowship awards, which begin in autumn, are non-service appointments, providing a monthly stipend and payment of resident and non-resident tuition and fees. 

Graduate School Fellowships are limited in number and are awarded through a centralized, highly competitive university-wide process to those applicants who show outstanding scholarly accomplishment and the most outstanding potential for graduate study.

Criteria include all admissions materials, including transcripts of previous coursework, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, autobiographical statement, and recommendations from the School of Music. Applicants for the DMA and MM degrees are not required to take the GRE for Fellowship consideration. PhD and MA applicants (including the MA in Pedagogy) are required to take the GRE for Fellowship consideration.  

To be considered for a University Fellowship, please check the appropriate box in the Funding Opportunities section of the online graduate application. There are no additional applications or forms required. Refer to the Graduate Admissions Procedures.

Priority for funding will be given to qualified domestic and international applicants whose completed application and supporting materials are received by November 30, 2016.

Performance majors must audition by January 14, 2017 to be considered for a fellowship. The application and all supporting materials still need to be received by November 30, 2016.


Graduate Associateships

Graduate Associateships are the School's primary source for funding many of its graduate students.  These positions provide a full fee waiver and monthly stipend, in exchange of 20 hours of service per week during autumn and spring. Those who serve for both semesters are eligible for a full fee waiver in summer term (information subject to change with semester conversion).

Graduate Associates are typically assigned to one of three areas: teaching in undergraduate courses; working as administrative associates within the School; or working with one of the faculty on a research grant.

Applicants seeking a Graduate Associateship must submit applications and all supporting materials by March 1, 2017 (January 1, 2017 for Musicology applicants). Graduate Associateships are normally awarded during spring for the following academic year.

To be considered for a Graduate Associateship, please check the appropriate boxes in the Funding Opportunities section of the online graduate application. There are no additional applications or forms required. Refer to the Graduate Admissions Procedures.


FAQs Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate Funding Opportunities

Detailed information about graduate associate positions and fellowships can be found in the current School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

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