Fund Your Graduate Education
Awards, Grants, Assistantships
Each year the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association recognize graduate students of outstanding achievement with numerous awards, including:
- Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)
- Graduate and Professional Student Excellence Awards
- Research Assistantship for Diverse Scholars
- GPSA Travel Grants
- PNNL Distinguished Graduate Research Program
- Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund 2017 Call for Proposals (offered through the Office of Research)
The Graduate School provides a number of donor-funded scholarships within specific disciplines that require nomination from your department. To learn about these scholarships and request nomination from your department, visit the scholarships website.
Graduate School Scholarships include:
- Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship
- Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence
- Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award
- Karen P. Depauw Leadership Award
- Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities
- Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship
- Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines
- Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship
Visit WSU’s general scholarship page.
Visit the Open Education Database for more scholarship opportunities.
Fellowships are available from a number of outside agencies, including private foundations, nonprofits, and state and federal sources. A variety of support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research for beginning to advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels. Aside from the obvious financial benefit, receipt of external funding exemplifies excellence in research, writing and scholarship.
Applying for external fellowships and grants is an excellent professional development experience for many students who will be seeking academic career placement where grant funding is a necessity. The Graduate School offers training every spring to help students apply for a number of prestigious fellowships. Find out more about how to apply for these prestigious fellowships HERE:
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
- National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
- The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
- National Physical Science Constortium Graduate Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
- The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
For information about our prestigious fellowships workshop, visit the Graduate School’s Fellowships Opportunities website.
The Office of Research also provides funding opportunities for graduate students. Check HERE for more grants and fellowships.
Looking for a JOB or other funding opportunity?
The Graduate School website lists some current job openings and other funding opportunities, including assistantships.
Students should work with their faculty advisor to identify potential internship opportunities that fit within their program of study. Students who wish to participate in a fall or spring internship are required to meet the University’s continuous enrollment policy by either enrolling in a minimum of two graduate credits, be in continuous doctoral status, or be approved for official internship leave. Please see the complete Internship leave policy.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
The WRGP allows master’s graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states to enroll in any participating programs within the participating institutions and pay resident tuition. The average savings is about $14,900 per student. MORE INFO
Washington State University approved WRGP programs include:
• Archaeology (Dept. of Anthropology)
• English Rhetoric & Composition Studies (Dept. of English)
• Neuroscience (College of Veterinary Medicine)
• Public History (Dept. of History)
• Speech-Language Pathology (new for 2017 in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine!)
How to apply
Apply for admission and identify yourself as a WICHE WRGP applicant to be considered for the discounted tuition rate. Programs give a limited number of reduced tuition seats each year, so apply early.