NRES is committed to funding our campus graduate students at a level that allows them to concentrate on their studies and their research. Consequently, it is very rare for a student to be admitted who is not funded.
NRES offers fellowships for new graduate students and encourages applicants to apply December 15th to have their applications considered for University fellowships. There is no separate fellowship application process; simply complete the application for admission. Fellowships provide a stipend and a tiution and partial fee waiver. Not every fellowship is offered every year, but NRES fellowships include:
The most common source of funding for NRES graduate students is a 50% research assistantship (RA) that is provided by the adviser. This is why we strongly recommend that all applicants identify a faculty member who is willing to advise and fund them. It is the key to admission in the majority of cases. Any assistantship appointment of 25% or greater provides a tuition and partial fee waiver.
For students interested in gaining teaching experience, there are many teaching assistantships (TAs) available within NRES and across campus. Because it is important for beginning graduate students to get a strong start on their research, NRES does not usually admit students relying on TAs for the bulk of their first year funding. Continuing students interesting in TAing should talk with their adviser. They can also inquire with Student Services about which courses have been awarded TAs. Any assistantship appointment of 25% or greater provides a tuition and partial fee waiver.