Funding for Graduate Studies

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 assistants: Most graduate assistant positions are awarded and managed by academic departments and may involve teaching, research, or administrative duties.  Most graduate assistants are ½ FTE (full time equivalent) positions and provide a stipend and tuition waiver. For more information contact departmental graduate programs.

Purdue Graduate School and College of Agriculture Graduate Fellowship:  The Graduate School and the College of Agriculture make several fellowships available for recruiting exceptional students to our programs.  For full consideration interested students are encouraged to provide a complete Purdue Graduate School application as early as possible (i.e. mid-Nov through early January for August admission). 

  • Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship
  • George Washington Carver (GWC) Doctoral
  • The Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship
  • David M. Knox Fellowship
  • The Lynn Fellowship (for interdisciplinary studies)
  • Ross Fellowship
  • Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

Fellowships from federal research agencies:Several federal research agencies offer graduate (predoctoral) and postdoctoral research fellowships including the everal federal research agencies offer graduate (predoctoral) and postdoctoral research fellowships including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, Fulbright fellowships, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (extramural program). 

Other External support:  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. 

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

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