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WSU Assistantships and Awards
Assistantship appointments provide financial support to a graduate student who engages in teaching (TA), research (RA), and/or service (SA or GA). Departments and programs generally make assistantship offers during the admissions process; however, current students may be eligible for an assistantship in their program if funding is available. Graduate assistantships may include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. Students should contact their department or graduate program to learn more about assistantship opportunities.
Each year the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) recognize graduate students of outstanding achievement with numerous awards, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prestigious Fellowships and How to Apply
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
The NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program at Washington State University offers interdisciplinary training to enhance the graduate experience and produce versatile scientists and engineers to address the future needs of biotechnology in academic, industrial, or government service.
The program provides state-of-the-art training in basic science relevant to biotechnology and an education in the applied aspects of biotechnology, with particular emphasis on protein science.
Trainees in the Program are admitted for graduate studies through one of the participating academic units, then nominated for a traineeship:
- Department of Chemistry
- School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
- Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
- School of Molecular Biosciences
- Program in Molecular Plant Sciences
- Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Trainee positions are supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, and contributions by Washington State University.