Financial Aid for Graduate Studies

Financial aid is available to qualified graduate students in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Appointments are made on a competitive basis, and include tuition and partial fee waivers. Research assistantships are also available from the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Illinois State Water Survey, both located on our campus.

Department of Geology Fellowships:  A generous number of fellowships are offered by the department each year, on a competitive basis, to outstanding candidates.  No teaching duties are formally required of fellowship holders.  See more information HERE.

Teaching Assistantships: Students assist with instruction in laboratory and discussion sections of geology courses. Foreign students must pass the Test of Spoken English to be eligible for a Teaching Assistantship.

Research Assistantships: Students work with a research advisor on a project. These assistantships are offered by individual faculty members.

University Fellowships: These fellowships are partly supported by the University and are offered on a competetive basis. It is usually supplemented by a partial research assistantship.

Summer support: Student employment during the summer months is usually provided by individual faculty members through their research grants. Each faculty member sets the duration and level of summer support, but but it is normally at the same rate as in the preceding academic year or higher. A limited number of teaching positions are available for assisting with summer courses, or with the Departmental field course (currently in Utah).

For more information on Financial Aid and Fellowships visit the Graduate College.