There are a number of ways to fund your graduate education including:
- BGSU Funds for Graduate Research & Professional Development
- Graduate Teaching Assistants
- Federal and State Grant Programs
- Private Funding Sources
- Funding through your Advisor
The Graduate College offers two funding opportunities (see links below) for graduate students at BGSU to offset the costs of research and professional development. Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - November 15; Spring Semester - March 15
The Graduate Student Senate also offers a number of funding opportunities for graduate students at BGSU to offset the costs of research and professional development. This includes travel money for attending scientific conferences.
Check here for the latest information and deadlines.
Graduate teaching assitantships are available to qualified students (i.e., M.S. Plan I, Ph.D.); stipends are normally for nine months and include a waiver of instructional and nonresident fees. Fee waivers and stipends are also available during the summer term for continuing graduate assistants.
Predoctoral nonservice fellowships are available to Ph.D. students during their last year of study. Doctoral students may apply if they are candidates (e.g., have completed Preliminary Exams and successfully defended a proposal) and are still eligible for funding.
All awards are made on a competitive basis. Students must be pursuing a research thesis degree--M.S. Plan I or Ph.D. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 (M.S.) or 3.2 (Ph.D.) or higher to remain eligible for funding. Renewal of assistantships and fellowships is contigent upon satisfactory completion of assignments and progress towards the degree. These awards provide a stipend and a waiver of instructional and nonresident fees. (Application Form)
FUNDING LIMITS: M.S. Plan I students are eligible for up to two years of funding and Ph.D. students are eligible for up to four years of funding.
A number of federal and state agencies offer support for graduate student research projects. A few are listed here:
1) The National Science Foundation offers a number of specialized funding programs for graduate students and postdocs, such as:
- Graduate Research Fellowships (Funding available for both research-based master's and doctoral degrees)
- NSF Graduate Teaching Fellowship Awards
- Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants
Many of these programs cover salary as well as equipment for eligible graduate students. Make sure you check the NSF web site for all of the details and deadlines, which usually occur only once a year.
2) The Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Research offers programs that provide support for graduate fellowships, such as:
- NCER's Science to Achieve Results or STAR program funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review.
- EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) offers Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study.
Many of these programs cover salary as well as equipment for eligible graduate students. Make sure you check the EPA web site for all of the details and deadlines.
3) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants program funds projects to conserve and restore fish, wildlife, and native plants through matching grant programs.
In addition, opportunities for financial aid are available to graduate students through various small grants awarded on a competitive basis (Sigma Xi and Shanklin Awards), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study, and short-term loans. Please visit BGSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for a detailed list of funding opportunities. Some good sources:
- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
- BP's Conservation Programme
- Grants and Fellowships of the American Museum of Natural History
- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Once you identify a faculty advisor, you should contact them for opportunities to participate in their research. Many granting agencies encourage graduate support on grant-funded research projects. You could also explore the possiblity of assisting in a grant proposal that incorporates your research project.
All awards are made on a competitive basis and applications received by February 1 will be more competitive. Please visit BGSU's Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for a detailed list of funding opportunities.