f Funding for Graduate School

Assistantships and Fellowships

Purdue University, the College of Agriculture and academic departments offer several funding opportunities for graduate students.  Some resources are provided here and applicants are encouraged to contract the chair of their graduate program of interest for additional information on funding opportunities.

Graduate Assistantships

Most graduate assistant positions are awarded and managed by academic departments and may involve teaching, research or administrative duties.  Most graduate assistants are supported the equivalent of a full-time position and provided a stipend and tuition waiver. For more information, contact departmental graduate programs.

Graduate Fellowships

Many of our students are supported through graduate fellowships through the College of Agriculture or the graduate school. In some cases you may be encouraged to apply for a fellowship, but in most cases, your department will nominate you.

Department Nominations

Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship

The Andrews Fellowships are to attract exceptional Ph.D. students to Purdue University. Allocation of Andrews recruiting fellowships will be determined by a competitive process.  The Assistant Dean and Associate Director of Research and Graduate Education in consultation with the Graduate Council in Agriculture will determine applicants to be recruited using an Andrews Fellowship. All graduate programs within the College can identify one active Ph.D. recruit to this competition.

Approximate award amount
$20,000 stipend
$784 health insurance contribution
$584 for fees

Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

The Doctoral Fellowship are to attract exceptional Ph.D. students that increase the diversity of the graduate student population at Purdue University. Allocation of the Purdue Doctoral Fellowships will be determined by a competitive process. The Assistant Dean and Associate Director of Research and Graduate Education will determine potential students to be recruited using an Andrews Fellowship in consultation with the graduate council in agriculture.

Approximate award amount
$20,000 stipend
$1,491 health insurance contribution

Ross Fellowship

The Ross Fellowships are for the recruitment of outstanding, Ph.D.-track students to Purdue University. Each program must provide information (to ARGE) on selection process and criteria used to identify the Ross fellowship candidate within their program.

Approximate award amount
$20,000 stipend
$1,491 health insurance contribution

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, which is awarded by the Dean of the Graduate School, provides support to outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion. This fellowship is awarded each year to students already in the graduate programs at Purdue. Nominations are initiated by graduate faculty and the top nominees for each program brought forward to Ag Research & Graduate Education (ARGE) by their respective graduate program chair.

Approximate award amount
$9,500 stipend for one semester
$584 health insurance contribution
$693 for fees

David M. Knox Fellowship

The David M. Knox Fellowship is designed to enhance the diversity of the graduate student body through the recruitment of master's-seeking students with diverse backgrounds, views and experiences.

Approximate award amount
$20,000 per year minimum
One year of support from the Graduate School
One year of support from the student's department

George Washington Carver Fellowship

The George Washington Carver Fellowship is awarded to doctoral-seeking students from historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions or tribal colleges who have demonstrated superior academic achievements and scholarly abilities. Recipients must aspire to a career as a professor of higher education.

Approximate award amount
$25,000 per year
Five years of support from the Graduate School

ARGE Graduate Diversity Research Assistantship

The purpose of the Ag Research Graduate Diversity Research Assistantship Program is to assist faculty members and departments in the Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University to attract and support promising graduate students from groups that are underrepresented in higher education careers including women, domestic minorities, students with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders and other individuals with backgrounds that contribute significantly to the diversity and quality of the educational experience for all students. 

Approximate award amount
$20,000 per year
One year of support from the College of Agriculture for MS students; two years for Ph.D. students
One year of support from the student's department for MS students; two years for Ph.D. students


Prospective Students

Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship

The Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship provides a one-year fellowship to students with undergraduate degrees from Purdue for furtherance of postgraduate research at the University. This fellowship includes a stipend, graduate tuition scholarships, payment of most fees and a medical insurance supplement.

Approximate award amount
$20,000 per year minimum
One year of support from the Graduate School


Current Students

Ludwig Kruhe Fellowship

The Ludwig Kruhe Fellowship was established as a means for promoting a deeper understanding in global issues and international relations. It is intended for doctoral candidates in one of the following programs:

  • Agricultural economics
  • Civil engineering
  • Foreign languages and literatures
  • History
  • Management
  • Political science

Approximate award amount
$20,000 per year
One year of support from the Graduate School


External Support

Several federal research agencies offer graduate (predoctoral) and postdoctoral research fellowships including: National Science FoundationFulbrightNASA; and National Institutes of Health (extramural program).

Funding for graduate students can come from many sources including agencies, nonprofits, private loans, federal financial aid, corporations, professional associations and many other places. Students are encouraged to explore internal and federal research agency support before considering other alternatives. 

Click here for a list of outside fellowships.

Additional information is available in the Graduate School Fellowship Manual​(updated spring 2013).​​

Helpful contacts:

Lisa Nielsen, Ph.D., Grant Writer and Director of Postdoctoral Office
The Graduate School
lnielse@purdue.edu

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