Financial Support

95% of current graduate students in ESSM are supported by departmental teaching assistantships, grant-based research assistantships, or internal and external graduate fellowships and grants, amounting to over $200,000 per year. Research and travel grants are also available from the department and university.

Departmental assistantships & awards

  • Teaching assistantships (TA) • Available either as matching for graduate fellowships or allocated to individual faculty members through a rotation system. Contact your faculty advisor on availability of TA positions.
  • Research assistantships (RA) • Grant-based graduate student support. Contact your faculty advisor on availability of RA positions.
  • Frank W. Gould Research Award • Competitive award to partially fund research. Available to current graduate students studying plant systematics.
  • Harry Wayne Springfield Research Award • Competitive award to partially fund research. Available to current graduate students in rangeland ecology and management or related fields.
  • ESSM graduate travel grants • Competitive travel grants offered periodically to provide partial support for ESSM graduate students to present research at professional meetings.

Contact Madysen Rydeen for more information on these assistantships and awards.

University & College graduate fellowships and grants

  • Graduate Diversity fellowships • These competitive fellowships are available to incoming masters or doctoral students. Your future advisor nominates you for the fellowship. You must have a complete graduate school application on file. Recipients are chosen by a university-wide selection committee. ESSM provides matching funds, in the form of a teaching or research assistantship. (See the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Diversity Fellowship page.)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences fellowships (See the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences funding opportunities page.) •
    • Excellence Fellowship: This competitive fellowship is available to incoming masters (thesis option only) and doctoral students. Your future advisor may nominate you for this fellowship.
    • Graduate Merit Fellowship: This competitive fellowship is available to incoming masters (thesis option only) and doctoral students. Your future advisor may nominate you for this fellowship. The ESSM department provides a match in the form of a teaching assistantship.
    • Lechner Scholars Fellowship
    • Willie May Harris Graduate Fellowship
  • Tom Slick Graduate fellowships • The Tom Slick Graduate Research Fellowship Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides financial support for students who conduct research relevant to the agriculture of Southwest Texas; the research must be conducted in the State of Texas. This competitive fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students who have completed preliminary exams to support completion of their dissertation. (See the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences funding opportunities page.)
  • U.S. Senator Gramm Doctoral fellowships • This competitive fellowship is available to currently enrolled doctoral students. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students. Your advisor or another faculty member nominates you for this fellowship; you must provide some materials for the nomination package. Nominations are first routed through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; those selected by the college are then evaluated by a university-wide committee.
  • Travel grants (submission dates for each listed here)

External fellowships and grants

Graduate fellowships from national and private agencies

Research funding opportunities

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities