Internal Funding Opportunities

Need-based Aid

The UConn Office of Student Financial Aid is the office charged with administration of financial aid based on demonstrated financial need. This type of aid is governed by an extensive set of guidelines. Information on all of the need-based programs is available from the aforementioned office.

Graduate Student Short-Term Loan Fund

Short-Term Loans through the Graduate Student Senate

This fund is administered by the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), and is funded by graduate student activities fees. It provides loans of up to $1000 to assist graduate students dealing with financial emergencies. Loans are issued for 60-day periods and are interest free. Applications are available in the Graduate Student Senate Office, Student Union Room 213 and on the GSS Web site.

Short Term Emergency Loans (STELF)

The Dean of Students Office has an emergency loan fund available to degree students during the months of the year when they are in classes at the University. The fund is intended to help students in financial emergencies such as transportation cost home when there is an illness or other family emergency, car repairs, living expenses, school supplies, etc. Find out more and contact the Dean of Students Office for further information at

Graduate Assistantships

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a “half G.A.” and “full G.A.” respectively). More information can be found here.

Administration of all assistantships occurs through the academic department.

The current list of available assistanships and other employment opportunities can be found here.

G.A. Definition

Assistantships, Fellowships, & Internships Defined.

Appointment Dates

Appointments ordinarily are made for the nine-month period, August 23 through May 22, but may be of shorter duration for a variety of reasons.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

G.A. Offer Letters

Graduate Assistant offer letters define the terms and conditions of employment for graduate students who are invited to accept a new position or a continuation appointment as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Connecticut. Separate letters are available for new appointments and continuing appointments, and are formatted for each of the following appointment categories; Teaching only, Research only, and the combination of Teaching and Research.

All letters contain boilerplate language that must be included, and the templates should be accessed from the Human Resources website as each new letter is created as content is subject to change ( These template letters are not intended to be form letters, but the language has been vetted for compliance with relevant contractual and legal provisions. The hiring department is responsible for the personalization of names, titles, salary and other specific data. In addition, the hiring department should include as much specific information about the G.A. duties as possible.

Should you need to substantially revise the standard letters, it is imperative that you contact a Human Resources Associate for consultation.

G.A. Payroll Deduction

Graduate Assistants are eligible to use payroll deduction as a method of paying university charges not covered by their tuition waiver. There is no additional cost for participating in the payroll deduction plan. Instructions on how to enroll in G.A. Payroll Deduction are available here:

Payroll and Benefits

The Human Resources web site has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant medical benefits, payroll, and policies.

Stipend Rates

Stipend rates for graduate assistants are graduated in terms of progress toward the advanced degree and experience.

  • Level B/I: for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
  • Level M/II: for experienced graduate assistants in a doctoral program with at least the master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of graduate study. Equivalency consists of twenty-four graduate level content course credits of appropriate course work beyond the baccalaureate completed at the University of Connecticut, together with admission to a doctoral program.
  • Level P/III: for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree or its equivalent and who have passed the doctoral general examination.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their G.A. appointment must complete the Supplemental Employment Approval form (Graduate Assistant Academic Year Supplemental Employment Approval), obtain their major advisors approval signature, and submit the form to the Graduate School for final approval.

Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships

Doctoral Student Travel Award
Semi-Annual Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Harriott Fellowship & Crandall Fellowship
Jorgensen Fellowship


Students nominated for the Harriott Fellowship Program who do not receive an award are automatically considered for an award through the Crandall Fellowship Program.

Learn more about the demographics of our fellowship recipients.