The primary sources of financial support for graduate students in the Graduate Training Programs are Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. A number of non-service fellowships also are available. Fellowships are administered by the Dean of the Graduate School. Awards are made by the University Fellowship Committee upon recommendation of the Departmental Admissions and Awards Committee. All students admitted to the program are automatically considered for fellowship support. More information can be obtained online at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/StudentFunding/funding.html
All graduate students are eligible for a teaching assistantship during each year. Teaching assistantships are 9 month appointments with an approximate stipend of $14,420 plus tuition and student health insurance.
Graduate students often receive research assistantships of variable stipend and duration. Research assistantships are usually provided by federal or state research grants awarded to the student’s mentor.
Fellowships and Scholarships for Incoming Graduate Students
Several fellowships and scholarships are available on a competitive basis to incoming graduate students. Check the Graduate School website for details on eligibility and other fellowship and scholarship opportunities: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/StudentFunding/funding.html
Fellowship nominations are determined by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the admissions and awards committee.
Some funds are available to support doctoral dissertation research. These funds may be used for equipment, supplies, postage, or other expenses incurred in gathering dissertation data.
Graduate Student Travel
Some funds are available to support graduate student travel to professional and scientific meetings to present the results of student research. Certain departmental funds are allocated specifically for first year students to attend a scientific conference during their first year in the program. Travel required for the collection of research data may also be supported.
Other Sources of Funding
In addition to the above awards, advanced graduate students are permitted to teach undergraduate laboratories, and in some instances independent courses. The number of these awards varies according to the needs of the Department and the capability of the student. The appointment is for the semester and carries a prorated stipend. Recipient pays for all fees, but some tuition scholarships are available. Deadlines are the same as for other awards.
In cases in which the above forms of financial assistance have been exhausted, all efforts are made to place students in part-time jobs which are consistent with their particular interests and talents. Placements have included research assistantships at the University Medical Center; psychological testing positions at local psychiatric facilities and school districts; and teaching assignments in nearby community colleges.
It should be noted that in the past all Psychology graduate students in good standing have been fully supported.