All applicants to the CSEM PhD program are considered for financial aid. Decisions concerning financial aid are made during the CSEM admissions review period. Additional applications for financial aid are not required. The CSEM Program does NOT provide financial support for Master’s students.
Most, if not all, applicants receiving offers of admission to the CSEM PhD program receive funding from one or more of the following sources:
A $5 million endowment supports the CSEM Graduate Fellowship Fund for U.S. citizens. The CSEM Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $35,000, for a maximum four-year period. Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of merit. For the first year, a CSEM Fellow receives a $35,000 stipend, which allows the student to focus on the academic program. For each of the following three years, the $35,000 is a combination of a CSEM Fellowship stipend and other institutional funds, such as a teaching or research assistantship. In addition, CSEM Fellows receive support for tuition and fees as well as an allocation for health benefits for each year of the fellowship. The continuation and renewal of CSEM Fellowship support throughout this four-year period is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
In Fall 2011, ICES launched the National Initiative for Modeling and Simulation (NIMS) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This program provides fellowships (for up to four years) for highly qualified U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. The NIMS Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $30,000, for a maximum four-year period. Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of merit. A unique feature of the program is the requirement that each recipient serve as an Instructor Intern for one semester. NIMS Fellows also receive support for tuition and fees as well as an allocation for health benefits for each year of the fellowship. The continuation of the NIMS Fellowship throughout this four-year period is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School provides the CSEM Program with an allocation of funds to provide recruiting and/or diversity fellowships to incoming graduate students. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible for nomination. These fellowships are awarded to students on a competitive basis and range from full support to supplementary stipends. The CSEM Program will nominate qualified applicants for these awards as part of the admissions process.
The Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement awards are for students who will hold competitive, external, prestigious, full (typically $12,000 or more) fellowships that recognize the student's academic achievements. The award is $1,000 and entitles the student to pay resident tuition rates during the academic year. Consideration for an award is based upon nomination by the graduate adviser.
Students who will hold competitive, external, prestigious, full (typically $12,000 or more) fellowhips may also be eligible to receive a departmental supplemental fellowship to offset the cost of health insurance.
Graduate research assistantships are available to CSEM students through faculty research grants. Positions can range from 10 hour to 20 hour appointments and may additionally provide coverage of tuition and fees. For salary ranges see the Student Employee Compensation
Teaching Assistantships are occasionally available to CSEM students through associated UT departments. Appointments can be up to 20 hours per week and include tuition assistance. For salary ranges see the Student Employee Compensation page.