Presidential Distinguish Research Fellowship

  • Yue Chen, Cellular & Molecular Biology 
  • Adam Birge, Anthropology
  • Stephanie Hernandez, Applied Demography
  • Merridee Lefner, Neurobiology
  • Matthew Wood, Neurobiology 
  • Jose Lara-Ruiz, Clinical Psychology
  • Duc Phan, Environmental Engineering

Yue Chen

Yue Chen (Rachel) studied Biology Science and received a Master of Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014. She is currently researching the causes of, and preventions for, Lyme disease with Dr. Janakiram Seshu while perusing a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at UTSA. Yue believes graduate school gives a person the space to be reflective and the time to carefully wade through knowledge. Studying Biology has always been a part of her dream. UTSA is the perfect cradle for anyone who is passionate about science. Yue is excited and ready for any challenge that might come in the future and hopes UTSA will be the place where her dreams come true.


Adam Birge


Adam received a Bachelor’s in History and Anthropology from Washington State University in 2010. In 2016, he received his Master’s in Anthropology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently, Adam is investigating the Sajama lines in western Bolivia. Adam aspires to teach at a university and to conduct additional archaeological and anthropological research in the Andes Mountains. UTSA provides a diverse academic environment to explore different anthropological perspectives on the environment and human societies, in addition, to the plenty of opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate anthropology majors.

Stephanie Hernandez

Stephanie attended Florida State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Demography. During her first year at UTSA, Stephanie studies HIV testing in the United States. She is focused on understanding determinants of testing and variation by socio-demographic characteristics. As a graduate research assistant, Stephanie and Dr. Giuseppina Valle Holway explore reproductive health behaviors in young adults. After graduating from UTSA, she plans to continue examining reproductive health issues as a professor or applied researcher at a federal statistical agency. Stephanie chose UTSA because of the faculty in the Demography department and their commitment to mentorship and minority representation. UTSA is a place of excellent training from faculty that truly care about the success of their students.



Merridee Lefner


Merridee Lefner received her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Neurobiology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently working in the lab of Dr. Matthew Wanat, where she studies the role of dopamine in motivated behavior. Merridee hopes to become a Principal Investigator after completing her graduate and post-doctoral studies. Merridee chose to pursue a doctoral degree at UTSA due to the outstanding faculty members that specialize in diverse topics, the friendly and collaborative environment, and the strong contributions that UTSA offers to the Neuroscience community.


Matthew Wood


Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of North Texas. He also received his Master’s in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas. Matt currently works in Dr. Nicole Wicha’s Lab researching electroencephalogram (EEG) to measure language comprehension. He hopes to complete his Ph.D. and purse a career in research, becoming a PI at a university. UTSA is one of the fastest growing research universities in Texas. Dr. Wicha, Associate Professor at UTSA, is a direct understudy of Dr. Marta Kutas, one of the pioneers of using EEG to study language processing


Jose Lara-Ruiz

Jose Lara-Ruiz received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Currently, Jose is a member of the STRONG STAR Research Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Under the mentorship of Dr. Alan L. Peterson, Jose is involved in research involving the detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress. Upon earning his doctoral degree, his goals are to obtain a faculty position at a university, establish a research laboratory, and mentor students. Jose may also seek a career in the military as a military psychologist. Jose’s will continue conducting military research and contribute to better treatments and improving the quality of life of active duty service members, his fellow veterans, and their families.

Duc Phan

Duc Phan received his Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering at Hanoi University of Science and Technology in 2005. He obtained two Masters of Science and Engineering in Environmental Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea and Johns Hopkins University in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Duc is interested in utilizing environmental biotechnology to improve environmental public health. His current project is investigating nitrification inhibition by nanomaterial in wastewater treatment systems working under Dr. Vikram Kapoor’s supervision. His academic goal is to be a professor in a university. Duc wants to provide the best academic experience in the field of environmental engineering to his students. Duc Phan chose UTSA because it is ranked as one of the best young universities in the nation with a dynamic research environment and excellent institution for conducting research.

Graduate School Excellence in Graduate Advising Award

Guidelines

The Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award recognizes the exemplary service of a graduate adviser. Graduate advisers provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty and staff, and the award is one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals.

One award of $3,500 is presented annually at a special ceremony in March during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Nominees are not required to have served a minimum number of years, but the selection committee may consider length of term in choosing the award recipient. In general, nominations should be restricted to faculty currently or recently serving in the role of adviser for Master’s or Doctoral students at UTSA.

Eligibility

The award committee will look for the following criteria in making the award:

  • The nominee’s role in recruiting and retaining high quality graduate students
  • The nominee’s availability/accessibility to graduate students and sensitivity to their needs
  • The nominee’s record of preventing as well as resolving problems
  • The nominee’s contribution to the professional and academic development of graduate students
  • The nominee’s effectiveness in administering the graduate program
  • The nominee’s contribution to governance of graduate programs (e.g. serving on university committees concerning graduate education or the Graduate Council) and his/her ability to work effectively with faculty and other administrators on issues pertaining to graduate education

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted using the Graduate School’s online awards system. Nominations must be initiated by academic deans, department chairs or program directors.

To complete the online application, collect the following:

  1. A cover letter from the academic dean, department chair or program director briefly describing why this individual is being nominated
  2. As many as three letters of support, including at least one from a current or former student. Letters of support should focus on the nominee’s contributions in his or her role as graduate adviser as opposed to other administrative or faculty roles.
  3. Dates of service as a graduate adviser
  4. Optional: Graduate program materials relevant to the nomination. If materials are submitted, describe the nominee’s role in their production or development (e.g. conceptualization, design, writing, editing, etc.).

Selection Process

  1. The Graduate School Excellence in Graduate Advising Award Committee is called together by the Associate Dean and Director for Recruitment and Academic Affairs in The Graduate School as soon as possible after the submission deadline.
  2. Care will be taken to insure that all members of the Committee fully understand the significance of the award and the necessity for maintaining the integrity of the award.
  3. Individuals who are nominating a faculty member for this award may not serve on the selection committee.
  4. After reviewing all nomination packets, the Committee will rank the nominees and the nominees receiving most votes will be forwarded to the Dean.
  5. One Graduate Advisor will be selected for this award

Application Deadline

The application deadline to submit nomination packets to The Graduate School via the online awards system is Monday, February 27th, by 5:00 pm. Nomination packets must be complete to submit.

Graduate School Excellence in Research Award

Guidelines

The award consists of a Graduate School award certificate, the announcement of the award at a special ceremony in March during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and a monetary award of $2,500. The award is to recognize, encourage, and reward those individuals whose research efforts have been particularly successful and outstanding and are so recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The results of their research efforts should have contributed to the improvement of the quality of life and/or encouraged additional research, and/or added to the basic body of knowledge.

Eligibility

Graduate students at both the master’s and doctoral level are eligible to be nominated if they are currently enrolled at UTSA in at least six hours of graduate-level coursework. They must also be in good academic standing, and making good progress toward their degree.

Nomination Process

There are four steps in deciding upon recipients of the Excellence in Research Award: (1) Solicitation of nominations, (2) Preparation and submission of nomination materials, (3) Review of nomination by a Research Fellowship Review Committee, and (4) Recommending a recipient to the Graduate School Dean.

Faculty should submit names of potential candidates for this award to their Department Chair, and nomination packages should come only from Department Chairs. For each nomination, submit all materials electronically to The Graduate School online awards system.

The Contents of each nomination packet should be as follows:

  1. Letter of Nomination (limited to four pages).
  2. Student’s Curriculum Vitae or Resumé.
  3. No more than three letters of endorsement from current UTSA faculty or faculty mentors.
  4. A reprint of no more than three outstanding publications or equivalent evidence of professional accomplishment (e.g. conference presentations).

Selection Process

  1. The Research Award Review Committee is called together by the Associate Dean for Research and Professional Development as soon as possible after the submission deadline.
  2. Care will be taken to insure that all members of the Committee fully understand the significance of the award and the necessity for maintaining the integrity of the award.
  3. Individuals who are nominating a student for this award may not serve on the selection committee.
  4. After reviewing all nomination packets, the Committee will rank the nominees and the nominees receiving the most votes will be forwarded to the Dean.
  5. One (1) master’s student and one (1) doctoral student will be selected for this award.

Application Deadline

The application deadline to submit nomination packets to The Graduate School via the online awards system is Monday, February 27th, by 5:00 pm. Nomination packets must be complete to submit.

Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award

Guidelines

The award consists of a Graduate School award certificate, the announcement of the award at a special ceremony in March during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and a monetary award of $2,500. The award is to recognize, encourage, and reward those individuals who have excelled in their teaching positions at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). All nominations must be made by a faculty member and each graduate program may submit only one (1) nomination for each appointment category (TAI, TA2, or Assistant Instructor).

Eligibility

Graduate students at both the master’s and doctoral level are eligible to be nominated. Eligibility requirements include:

  • The nominee must have taught on at least a one-half time basis for two semesters or summer sessions (10 weeks) during his or her graduate enrollment at The University of Texas at San Antonio, or must be completing the second semester of teaching at the time of nomination for the award.
  • At the time of teaching the courses in item 1, the nominee must have been classified as a TAI, TA2, or Assistant Instructor or as Graduate Research Assistant with teaching responsibilities.
  • The nominee must, at the time of nomination, be enrolled for a minimum of six hours of graduate-level course work.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Nomination Process

There are four steps in deciding upon recipients of the Excellence in Research Award: (1) Solicitation of nominations, (2) Preparation and submission of nomination materials, (3) Review of nomination by a Teaching Fellowship Review Committee, and (4) Recommending a recipient to the Graduate School Dean.

Faculty should submit names of potential candidates for this award to their Department Chair, and nomination packages should come only from Department Chairs. For each nomination, submit all materials electronically to The Graduate School online awards system.

The Contents of each nomination packet should be as follows:

  1. Letter of Nomination (limited to four pages)
  2. Student’s Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  3. No more than three letters of endorsement from current UTSA faculty or faculty mentors.
  4. Copies of course evaluations completed by students previously taught by the nominee at UTSA. No more than two letters of evaluation in each of the preceding categories should be submitted.
  5. Information about grade distributions for each class taught by the nominee.
  6. Information about courses taught, number of students enrolled and type of preparation required for teaching courses.

Selection Process

  1. The Teaching Award Review Committee is called together by the Associate Dean and Director for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development as soon as possible after the submission deadline.
  2. Care will be taken to insure that all members of the Committee fully understand the significance of the award and the necessity for maintaining the integrity of the award.
  3. Individuals who are nominating a student for this award may not serve on the selection committee.
  4. After reviewing all nomination packets, the Committee will rank the nominees and the nominees receiving most votes will be forwarded to the Dean.
  5. One (1) master’s student and one (1) doctoral student will be selected for this award.

Application Deadline

The application deadline to submit nomination packets to The Graduate School via the online awards system is Monday, February 27th, by 5:00 pm. Nomination packets must be complete to submit.

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards

**Travel funds have been depleted.  The Graduate School will not be awarding travel funds for the remainder of the 2016-2017 academic year.  Students can begin to apply for travel funds again post the start of the fall 2017 semester**

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards provide supplemental support for students to attend major professional meetings at which they make a presentation (paper; poster; other appropriate form of presentation) based on their research.  The Graduate School makes these awards in partnership with colleges and departments in order to assist academic units to more fully fund student travel for the purpose of presenting research.

Award Amount

Funds will be awarded to students who have been selected to present their research at a professional meeting, conference, or symposium.  The Graduate School will award funds up to a maximum amount of $800, until available funds are depleted.  Students may only receive one Professional Development Award per academic school year.  Awards will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are depleted.  All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and scored on a rubric to determine the fund amount to be awarded.

Eligibility

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards are available to graduate students who are enrolled in a minimum of six hours during any Fall or Spring semester when the funds will be used (or at least 3 doctoral dissertation hours) or enrolled in a minimum of three hours during any Summer semester when the funds will be used.  Graduate students who submit an application for a Professional Development Award must be in good academic standing and must be making good academic progress during the semester in which they are nominated and during the semester when the funds are used.  Note that no more than three student authors on a presentation can be eligible to receive a Graduate Student Professional Development Award.  Funds will be awarded to students who have been selected to present their research at a professional meeting, conference, or symposium.  Poster presentation submissions are allowed.  Students may only receive one Professional Development Award per academic school year.

Prior to Travel

To meet University requirements prior to travel, graduate students are required to fill out and submit the forms listed below. Do not submit these four forms to The Graduate School office with your award application.  Forms will either be submitted to your College Dean's Office or to your department (depending on which entity disburses your travel award to you and assists with organization of travel). 

Additionally, students must fill out the Supplier Information Form in order to set up an account with the Disbursement/Travel Office. However, if the student currently holds any student job titles (Graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, or Graduate Assistant) then it is not necessary to do so. The student must fill out this form to be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Application Process

Students who wish to apply must complete and submit the Application (including ALL required signatures) and attach the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of presentation abstract or proposal
  • 1-page summary describing the following:
    1. Why is it important for you to present at this meeting
    2. How it relates to your degree program and professional development

All application packets must be complete and submitted to The Graduate School either in person (Graduate School and Research Building, 1.204) or through campus mail, attention to John Shaffer. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please direct any questions to john.shaffer@utsa.edu.  Students should submit their application 1 month prior to travel to allow time for application review, processing, and disbursement of funds. 
 

Award Disbursement

Awarded funds will be distributed from The Graduate School office directly to the colleges, and the colleges will distribute funds to students.  Contact your college for their policy on travel reimbursements or travel advances.  If a student receives travel funds or any part of travel is paid for by the college or department prior to travel, the student is responsible for returning the total amount of the award if travel is cancelled.

Deadlines

  • Funds will be disbursed for approved applications, from The Graduate School office, one time per month.
  • Students should submit their application at least 1 month prior to travel to allow for application review, processing, and disbursement of funds.

Application

Please download and submit the Application for Graduate Student Professional Development Award along with supporting documentation noted in the "Application Process" section (see above).  Incomplete application packets, or those applications missing required signatures, will not be accepted.

ConTex Funding

Overview

ConTex is a joint initiative of the University of Texas System and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). Established in 2016, ConTex supports bilateral efforts to enhance academic and research cooperation between Texas and Mexico. ConTex represents a long-term commitment to expand cross-border partnerships and create opportunities to share knowledge relevant to issues of common interest to the United States and Mexico.

ConTex gives researchers the opportunity to make new discoveries and scientific breakthroughs, offers students a chance to use their knowledge and skills in a real-world environment, and offer outstanding preparation for entering the global workforce.

ConTex Overview

ConTex Doctoral Fellowships

For more information, click HERE.

      

Contex Goals

GOAL ONE: Expand access to UT System Institutions for highly qualified Mexican students and researchers.

GOAL TWO: Impact the Texas economy by developing high-impact, bi-national research in targeted fields.

GOAL THREE: Enhance cooperation between Texas and Mexico and promote a better understanding between the two countries.

Types of Assistantships

There are several types of assistantships available to graduate students at UTSA. Specific job descriptions are available from the hiring department, but the following information provides a general overview of the responsibilities for each type of assistantship.

Graduate Assistants

  • Graduate Assistants provide academic and program support to departments or offices. Responsibilities vary within each department/office, but are primarily administrative in nature and may entail duties such as computer/technical projects, student advising, academic advising, recruiting, and administrative tasks associated with student services. Note: This position does not qualify the student for resident (in-state) tuition.

Graduate Research Assistants

  • Graduate Research Assistants work under the direction of a faculty member to conduct academically significant research. Research assistantships are awarded by departments and professors who are engaged in research projects. These are exciting opportunities to participate in ongoing research developments at UTSA.

Teaching Assistants I & II

  • Teaching Assistants provide academic program support under the supervision of a faculty member. TAs may assist department faculty with teaching undergraduate courses, including laboratory teaching assignments. TAs will provide professional assistance in grading exams, assignments, and/or lab assignments, and preparing or maintaining equipment used in laboratory sections.
    • TA IIs must have 18 hours of graduate-level coursework completed in their teaching disciplines to qualify for this type of position.
    • TA training takes place each Fall semester for new and current teaching assistants.
    • Teaching assistants are subject to the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, the Handbook of Operating Procedures, and the college in which they are employed.

Program Requirements

Please keep in mind that individual programs may have specific requirements that  supersede the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP). These requirements are at the discretion of the program. Students should always check with their program and hiring department to determine any additional requirements.

Parking

Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs) are eligible for Faculty/Staff B parking permits with at least a 19 hour appointment.

For more information please click here to visit the Parking and Traffic Rules & Regulations. See Section V, point #2.

Minimum Enrollment Policy

Students must be enrolled for a minimum of six hours in the Fall/Spring semesters and three hours in the Summer semester.

Failure to comply with this policy at any time during the semester will terminate the student’s title as a student employee. If the assistantship is terminated, the hiring department has the option of converting the appointment to a non-student classification for the remainder of that semester only. Departments will need to contact Human Resources for more information.

Please note: Dropping below the minimum enrollment requirements may result in financial consequences, especially for those students whose appointments make them eligible for in-state tuition.

How To Apply

Students interested in an assistantship need to contact and apply within a department or visit the  Rowdy Jobs website.

Students should be prepared to submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Employment history
  • Academic history
  • Contact information (address, email, and working phone number)
  • References

Additional information may be requested by the department.

Healthcare

To be eligible for healthcare benefits with The University of Texas at San Antonio, students must be employed in an assistantship position for 20 hours a week for 4.5 months.

Beginning September 1, 2011, if you are participating in employee group medical coverage (UT SELECT plan), you will be responsible for a portion of the medical insurance costs. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 210.458.4250.

Please  click here for detailed information on available benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Eligibility Requirements

Graduate students must meet the following academic eligibility requirements to hold an assistantship:

  • Admitted as "degree-seeking" into a graduate program.
  • Assignment(s) mustnot exceed a total of 20 hours per week.
  • Minimum enrollment of 6 hours in a long semester (fall and spring) or 3 hours in a summer semester.
  • Must be in academic good standing.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

In-State Tuition Eligibility Requirements

GRA or TA I or II students seeking in-state tuition eligibility requirements:

  • Must hold a title in a Graduate Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship I or II.
    • Please note that Graduate Assistant titles do not qualify for in-state tuition
  • Must meet all academic requirements listed above.
  • Must be appointed for the entire semester:
    • Fall Semester: September 1 through January 15
    • Spring Semester: First day of semester through May 31
    • Summer Semester: June 1 through August 31
  • Must be appointed for 20 hours per week.
  • Department MUST fill out the Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Request each semester.
    • Form will be sent to Ann Roberts in Fiscal Services department.

Assistantship Forms

Students are responsible for filling out the  Application and the Agreement. Departments are responsible for completing all additional paperwork.

Click here to access the assistantship forms.

Federal Loans & Federal, State, Institutional Work- Study

For additional information on graduate student financial aid please visit UTSA's Financial Aid website.

Loans:

Federal Direct Stafford Loan (unsubsidized)
Perkins Loans
Graduate PLUS Loans
Alternative Loans
UTSA Loan Information

Work-Study:

Federal, State, Institutional
UTSA Work-Study Information

Research Grant Funded Opportunities

Community of Science- Pivot Guide

Community of Science (COS) Pivot helps us find new federal, foundation, and nonprofit funding opportunities. Pivot combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles.

Click here to create your Pivot Account. Complete the fields and click on Create my Account.

Click here to create your Pivot Profile.

Click here to begin a search.

  •  Step 1: On the main funding opportunities page, we recommend that you choose Advanced Search, found below the search field.
  • Step 2: The Advanced Funding Search page has many different options. The first section lets you search by Sponsor, Title, or Abstract of opportunities, or simply perform a keyword search (in your case, it could be your research topic, or it could be graduate opportunities, or you can leave this field blank). You can refine your search to include many other fields or you make exclusions. 
  • Step 3: Under Keyword, click on Browse and click on the arrow next to main area to drill down to subject. (For example, Click on the arrow next to “Health & Medicine” to drill down to “Biomedical Engineering” or “Diseases and Disorders”, click on the next arrow to drill down even further.)
  • Step 4: Under Applicant Type, click Graduate Student
  • Step 5: Click the Search button once you have completed entering your search criteria. 
  • Step 6: A listing of opportunities that match your search criteria will appear. On this page, you can see the Grant, Title, Sponsor, Deadline, and Amount of each opportunity. 
  • Step 7: Save your query to be run at a later time and to set up email alerts about new opportunities related to your search. (You must be logged into your account in order to save searches and/or change settings)
  • Step 8: Click on the Grant Titleto see the Abstract, Eligibility, and URL of the opportunity. 

If you have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to contact Raquel Shrager, 210-458-8228, raquel.shrager@utsa.edu

UTSA Scholarship Office and External Opportunities

Scholarships:


External Funding Opportunities:

External opportunities for graduate students

External Funding Opportunities:

    AERA (American Educational Research Association): http://www.aera.net/gradfund.htm
    ETS (Educational Testing Service) and AAHHE (The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education) offer Outstanding Dissertation Competition:  http://www.aahhe.org/OutstandingDissertationsCompetition2008.aspx 

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-San Antonio is offering both $500 textbook scholarships and $2,000 graduate scholarships.  For more information on the AAUW-San Antonio Scholarship click HERE. More information on AAUW can be found on www.aauw.org.

Scholarships

Scholarships:


Important: The deadline for all students to apply is February 15, 2012.

    General Scholarships
    College / Departmental Scholarships
    Miscellaneous Scholarships
    www.utsa.edu/scholarships
 

Funding opportunities for current students


Scholarships and Fellowships

The Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to assisting graduate students with costs associated with obtaining a graduate degree and conducting research in their disciplines.  These financial awards support the mission of UTSA to provide access and affordability coupled with high academic standards for outstanding students who might otherwise find it difficult to successfully pursue graduate studies. We are pleased to provide scholarships and fellowships for the purpose of recruiting and supporting a diverse population of exceptional graduate students.

 

Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship

 

Established in 2007 by Louise and Michael Beldon, this merit-based scholarship provides one $5,000 award to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program each academic year.  To be eligible, an applicant must be a Texas Resident entering a doctoral program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Preference will be given to a student who has received an undergraduate or master’s degree from one of the following institutions:

    The University of Texas at Brownsville
    The University of Texas at Pan American
    The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Texas A & M University at Corpus Christi
    Texas A & M University at Kingsville
    Texas A & M International University at Laredo

Qualified applicants will be nominated by the Graduate Program Chair of the doctoral program to which they have been accepted.  The Graduate Program Chair will be asked to submit the documents listed below and submit once completed to the Associate Dean of his/her respective college.  The Associate Dean from each college will select one nominee from their college to move forward as a finalist.

Students do not self-nominate.  This is not a competitive award.  For questions about this award, please contact your program’s department or The Graduate School office.

 

Presidential Dissertation Fellowships

 

The Presidential Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to doctoral students with the purpose of financially supporting the completion of dissertation research.   Recipients of this fellowship are provided with additional financial support to help them complete their dissertation, as well as recognize their outstanding scholarship.

Candidates for consideration must:

    Be enrolled in a doctoral program at UTSA
    Have passed qualifying exams (and have this approved by the Graduate Dean)
    Have successfully defended their dissertation proposal
    Have Dissertation committee officially approved by their program’s Graduate/Doctoral Program Chair and by the Graduate Dean
    Complete dissertation and final defense within the next calendar year
    Be enrolled in at least 3 hours of Dissertation hours during the semester when the award is received
    Be able to receive financial aid that does not exceed their financial aid budget limits during the semester when the award is received

In addition, candidates must complete an application which includes certification from their advisor that they are making good progress toward completion of their dissertation project.  Preference will be given to candidates who:

    Demonstrate excellence in their coursework, as evidenced through their transcript.
    Show satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their program of study.
    Demonstrate that their research makes an important contribution to their field of study, as evidenced through their project description and past research presentations/publications they have had accepted.
    Clearly articulate how the fellowship funds can contribute to the completion or dissemination of their dissertation project.

Students do not self-nominate.  This is a competitive award.  The amount of number of awards varies from semester to semester.  For questions about this award, please contact your Graduate Advisor of Record or The Graduate School office.


Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowships

The intent of this merit fellowship is to provide access to higher education for outstanding students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowship awards include a stipend of $5,000 distributed across the fall and spring semesters to help defray the costs of student tuition and fees. Approximately five Diversity Recruiting Fellowships will be awarded.

Consistent with the criteria set out in The Graduate School's admission policy, selection for this fellowship will be based on a holistic review of the student's file. The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding academic credentials of the student and how the student might contribute to, or benefit from, the diverse educational environment of the program to which he or she has been accepted.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to a graduate program at UTSA for the first time, meet a diversity need for that program, and be nominated by the Graduate Advisor of Record for the program to which the student has been admitted.  The nomination must demonstrate the outstanding credentials of the student, and how the student would contribute to the diverse educational environment of that program.

All nominations for the Diversity Recruitment Fellowships are submitted by the Graduate Advisor of Record to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the college that administers the program.  Students do not self-nominate.  This is not a competitive award.  For questions about this award, please contact your Graduate Advisor of Record or The Graduate School office.

Funding Opportunities

The Graduate School realizes the importance of financial aid as part of your decision-making process when selecting and completing a graduate degree.  Both current and prospective students are funded by a variety of sources including federal, state, institutional, and department funds.  These funds come in the form of grants and loans; department, insitutional and external fellowships and scholarships; and research, teaching and graduate assistantships.  Please feel free to search the options depending on whether you are a:

Future Student

Current Student

Other Fellowships and Stipends

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