Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available in most of the academic
areas of The University of Memphis, requiring 10-20 hours of service per week. Most
assistantships are provided by the student's home academic unit. Contact the department directly for additional information. Graduate assistants who work at least 10 hours per week are classified as in-state
students for fee-paying purposes for the term of their appointment as graduate assistants
only. Graduate assistantship contracts filed by the fourth day of class are eligible
for a scholarship equal to the amount of tuition and fees.
University-supported graduate assistants are expected to carry a 9-credit-hour load
every semester (or 6 hours when enrolled only in thesis or dissertation hours). Nonresident
assistants appointed for the preceding spring semester are eligible for in-state fees
for summer, whether or not the student holds an assistantship in that summer term.
Non-degree students may not be awarded an assistantship. Graduate assistants must
maintain a 3.00 GPA to retain their assistantships. Regents Online Degree Program Fees are not covered by graduate assistantship waivers.
UM Online Program Fees are not covered by graduate assistantships or any other fee
Graduate teaching assistants must have a master's in the teaching discipline or 18
graduate credit hours in the discipline. GAs must have direct supervision by a faculty
member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned
and periodic evaluations. Non-native English speakers must also pass the SPEAk test
before they can be appointed teaching assistants. Contact the Center for International
Programs and Services for information on when the SPEAK test is administered. Teaching
assistants may teach only undergraduate courses; in exceptional cases they may be
approved by the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs to teach 4000/6000 courses. They
may not teach more than 6 hours of for-credit courses without prior approval from
the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs.
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AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2015 Fellowship Information for Incoming Graduate Students
2015 Fellowship Information for Currently Enrolled Students
Information about graduate awards and fellowships, including the nomination and application
forms, can be obtained in the Graduate School, 215 Administration Building. All fellowship/award
deadlines are subject to change. Please check with the Graduate School for confirmation
Students must be nominated by their departments or colleges for the following awards
listed below. Department/colleges should use the Nomination Form to verify that all required documentation is included (see the Documentation Table).
- Van Vleet Memorial Doctoral Award. Incoming doctoral students in the designated science fields of School of Communication
Sciences and Disorders, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences,
Mathematical Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Cell Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical
Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
and Public Health are eligible for this award and must be nominated by their respective
department chair. Nominees must be submitted to the Graduate School by February 6, 2015. The $16,000 stipend plus tuition scholarship is renewable for four years.
- Morton Thesis/Dissertation Awards are a result of a generous donation by S. Morgan Morton ('63). The awards honor an
outstanding master's and doctoral student whose thesis or dissertation prospectus
has been approved by their committee. The thesis award is $500 and the dissertation
award is $750. Department Chairs should submit nominations to their College Dean by
February 16, 2015. College Deans should nominate students to the Graduate School by March 13, 2015.
- Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Awards are given to two outstanding teaching assistants. Candidates are nominated by faculty,
students, alumni, or their respective college dean. The deadline for nominations to
be submitted to the Graduate School is March 13, 2015. Each college will have its own internal selection process prior to the March 13th
deadline. The award recipients each receive $500.
- Part-time Master's Fellowships are awarded to entering students. The $1500 awards ($750 per semester) do not include
a tuition scholarship. Students must be fully admitted to a graduate degree program
by February 20, 2015. The deadline for the academic year 2015-2016 is May 13, 2015.
Students may apply directly to the Graduate School for the following fellowships,
using the Self-Application Form and verifying that all required documentation is included (see the Documentation Table).
The following two awards, although funded by the Graduate School, are chosen through
the College of Communication and Fine Arts and are open only to students in that College.
Creative Achievement Awards (up to $500) are given to graduate students from the College of Communication and
Fine Arts for outstanding work in the performing arts, film and architecture. Department
chairs should submit nominations to the CCFA Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (consult
associate dean for deadline). Nominations are due to the Graduate School.
Additional Fellowship Information
Applications for the following fellowships should be submitted to the unit listed
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics
The Dr. Kenneth R. Austin and Janet Austin Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to a graduate student enrolled in the
Master of Science with concentration in Accounting program. The fellowship is based
on grade point average, GMAT score, and interpersonal and communication skills.
The Robert B. Sweeney Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to a master's student majoring in accounting.
The recipient must have an undergraduate degree in accounting, and must have an undergraduate
GPA of at least 3.50 or a GMAT score of at least 600.
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
The Herff College of Engineering
The Herff Engineering Fellowship is a $10,000, three-year, renewable award for graduate students in Engineering.
The Herff Engineering Doctoral Fellowship is a $15,000 per year, three-year award for graduate students in Engineering pursuing
a Ph.D. degree in which the research emphasis is in an area related to Biomedical
The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Federal Financial Aid
Loans are available to graduate students through Federal Financial Aid. Additional
information may be obtained in the Student Financial Aid Office from at (901) 678-3737;
in person at Wilder Tower, Room 103; or on-line at www.memphis.edu/financialaid/.
Types of Loans Handled by the Student Financial Aid Office:
- Federal Perkins - 5% interest, priority given to early applicants who demonstrate
the highest financial need.
- Federal Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - variable rate of interest
(adjusts once a year on July 1st), not to exceed 8.25%. Loans are processed through
- Subsidized Stafford Loan - based on financial need, annual limit is the lesser of financial need or $8,500.00.
- Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - not based on financial need, annual limit is the lessor of your total cost, minus
other aid (including subsidized loans, graduate assistantships and/or fee waiters
or $10,000.00, borrower is responsible for interest while in school, during grace
period, and repayment. NOTE: The combination of subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford
Loans cannot exceed the annual limit of $18,500.00 depending on the university's cost
of attendance and other assistance already received or expected for the year.
- Alternative Loans - variable interest rate, not federally funded, private agencies,
usually perform credit check.
Applying for Financial Aid: For priority award consideration for Fall 2015 apply by March 1, 2015. Applications
or renewal for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you are selected for verification, you will need to provide your 2014 tax return
and verification documents.
External Sources of Financial Assistance
Financial assistance opportunities are also available through sources external to
The University of Memphis. Information regarding these opportunities can be found
in the Reference Section of the library or on the Internet.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) offers a Doctoral Scholars Program to encourage ethnic minority students to pursue
doctoral degrees and become college-level teachers. For information contact the Graduate
School or contact:
Doctoral Scholars Program
Southern Regional Education Board
592 Tenth St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-5790
The Council of Graduate Schools, which The University of Memphis is a member, also has information available regarding
fellowships and financial aid.