Financial Support

All applicants admitted to our graduate program will be considered for financial support. Teaching assistantships (TAs) and fellowships are available. A tuition award is also made to those holding graduate assistantships and the cost of student health insurance is covered. There remain some fees to be paid by the student. Opportunities are usually available for summer employment. All awards are made on a competitive basis.

As a teaching assistant a student will be assigned up to fifteen hours of service per week. The service (mostly teaching and tutoring) will be such as to enhance a student's professional development as well as contribute to the operations of UAB.

For the year 2014/2015 TA stipends start at $20,000 per twelve months. They are available to US citizens as well as to international students. As mentioned above, in addition to the stipend a full tuition scholarship is also provided.

M.S. students making satisfactory progress can expect support for the equivalent of four semesters and a summer term. Ph.D. students will be supported for up to four years after the Qualifying Exam, which gives sufficient time to satisfy the requirements for a Ph.D. degree.

Students applying for the PhD program by February 1 each year will also be considered for the UAB Graduate Fellow in the Arts and Sciences award.  This prestigious fellowship offers an annual stipend of $32,000 per year, plus tuition and fees, and honors applicants to PhD programs in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences who show exceptional promise in research and scholarship.  Awardees will be notified by March 1 each year.  Fellowships typically are granted for two years, contingent on satisfactory progress and department recommendation.

For highly qualified applicants we also offer GAANN fellowships with reduced teaching load. These fellowships are funded by a grant from the US Department of Education and are only available to US citizens and permanent residents. The level of support depends on financial need and is at least as high as TA stipends.

UAB has also university-wide Graduate Fellowships available to qualified African American students seeking to earn a Ph.D. degree. More information from UAB's Office for Equity and Diversity can be found here. Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for those fellowships and contact us about this early in the application process.