Funding Your Education

Graduate Assistantships

Funding support for graduate school at the University of Iowa takes the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships and traineeships. The most important source of funding for most graduate students is their own graduate program. Please contact your program’s Graduate Coordinator for information about funding opportunities within the department. To view a list of assistantships outside of your home department, see Graduate College's Open Assistantships.

Graduate teaching and research assistant appointments, employment terms, benefits, and conditions are governed by a Graduate Assistant Employment agreement, departmental policies, and the University Operations Manual. Base wages are determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and UI local 896/COGS. The 2017-2019 COGS contract took effect on July 1, 2017. The Graduate Student Employee Committee (GSEC) provides recommendations to institutional leadership in matters related to graduate student employment.

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 offered by the University of Iowa. Frequently these require that you be nominated by your advisor or another faculty member. Read about the available opportunities and discuss them with your advisor.

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.