Consideration for Funding During Admissions:

All applications (MS & PhD programs) are considered for funding during the review/evaluation process.  If a funding package is being offered, it will be in the department’s admission offer to the applicant. See information below on the funding opportunities offered.

Graduate School Fellowship nominations come from the department ONLY and do not require any further application.


Funding Opportunities:

During the academic year, most of our students are supported by a Research Assistant position or a Teaching Assistantship position.  Some students are supported by fellowships.

There are often opportunities for Full-time summer employment on a research project if the opportunity is available (this is not guaranteed). The rate for summer 2017 is $925 per week (40 hours) for 10 to 12 weeks.


The stipend for research and teaching assistants for the nine-month academic year 2017-2018 is $20,000 (20 hours a week) plus health insurance.  All students holding an RA or TA position will have their in-state tuition covered.  Students with a guarantee of funding will have their full tuition covered.



Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year (full time/9+ credit hours):

In-State (NC residents):  $4,971.50
Out of State (non-residents): $13,577.00

Student fees (both residents & non-residents): $993.03.

Students holding an RA or TA position will have the in-state portion of tuition covered.  Students who have a guarantee of funding will have full tuition covered (in-state & out of state).

All students are responsible for paying the student fees.


Duration of Tuition Awards:

Graduate Student Tuition awards typically cover M.S. students for four semesters of study and Ph.D. students for ten semesters of study. Ten semesters of tuition awards is the maximum allowed.

On-campus housing is available for both single and married students.


Cost of Living in Chapel Hill:

The department provides a $500 educational fund each semester to any student who receives a competitive fellowship not granted by UNC-Chapel Hill. The fund may be used for education-related expenses, including books, journals, travel, computer supplies and accessories, and professional memberships. The department also awards a $1,500 supplement each semester to nonservice fellowship holders who join a research team.

Graduate and Professional

Financial Aid for Graduate Students


Research Assignments:

Students are not assigned to specific research projects or teaching assistant positions immediately upon being admitted to the department. Assignments are made just prior to the start of each semester, after faculty members and students have had an opportunity to meet and to discuss their interests.

Students are encouraged to gain professional experience through summer internships with companies in the Research Triangle area or in other parts of the country.