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Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are broadly considered to be the best way to fund graduate school. Your assistantship could consist of teaching a class, working as a research assistant, or other duties. Students holding a 25% or greater teaching or research assistantship appointment will be assured a tuition scholarship. To view assistantships outside your home department, see the Graduate College’s Open Assistantships Page. Assistantships are covered by the COGS collective bargaining agreement. Please review the New Graduate Assistant To Do List if this is your first GA appointment.

Grants & Fellowships

Grants and Fellowships are awarded through competition and do not generally require repayment. They can be used for a wide range of purposes including travel, research, experiments, fieldwork, or dissertation writing.

Internal grants and fellowships are opportunities that you apply for or those for which you are nominated by faculty at Iowa.

External grants and fellowships are given by organizations like the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation or or government agencies like the National Science Foundation. The Graduate Success office at the grad school can help you find and apply for these awards.

Student Loans

Student loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid to the lender. While many graduate students take out some student loans, they should not be considered your primary way to support graduate education. Please visit Financial Aid for more information on student loans.

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