We provide some financial support to all students (including international students) maintaining satisfactory academic progress. With the approval of the dissertation committee, this support can be extended for an additional semester (the end of the sixth year). The Department provides a competitive stipend and coverage of all fees and non-resident tuition. This support is funded by Federal, State, and private sources in the form of Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and Teaching Assistanct (TA) appointments; fellowships; and NIH traineeships. 

For more detailed information about funding opportunities, visit our current graduate student funding opportunities page.

For more information about the ESPM Graduate Student  policy, please visit here

Students might also wish to learn more about travel grants by reviewing information through Graduate Division Conference Grant. You may also learn more through the Graduate Assembly Travel Grant.


Merit based fellowships are awarded to students annually by the ESPM admission/fellowships committee. The committee makes as many awards as possible each year. However, because funds are very limited, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes well-qualified applicants do not receive fellowships. Awards are based on a combination of excellence in scholarship (a minimum of 3.5 grade point average in the last two years of undergraduate work, or in any graduate work completed), GRE scores, clarity and aptness of academic and career objectives, and letters of recommendation. The committee ranks both entering and continuing students, and makes awards to as many of the top-ranking students as funds allow. Applicants from the alternate list sometimes succeed to fellowship monies if for any reason an awardee declines a fellowship offer. Awards may include all or a portion of student fees or non-resident tuition, and/or a stipend.

Teaching Assistant (TA) and Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSR)

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ESPM graduate student Andrew Rominger explains research to his lab group. Photo by James Block.

Students seeking TA appointments must submit an online application for courses they are interested in teaching. Instructors may wish to perform an interview prior to making a  final selection. The hiring process is completed following the contract agreements with the UAW, which represents the TAs. Students who do not have departmental fellowship, GSR, or TA support should contact individual faculty to inquire whether they have any GSR positions available through their extramural grants. A comprehensive list of all Graduate Council requirements for the preparation of first-time TA preparation can be found here.  

Issues with payments

If you are a current ESPM Graduate Student who has not received a payment or has received a payment different from your expected salary, please let us know using this form

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Current Student Financial Difficulty

Unanticipated situations occur through a student's career. While the ESPM Department does not guarantee funding to support every situation, it does aim to support its graduate students through their academic journey with resources when available.  Various resources exist on and off campus to provide support during financial difficulty due to medical and or other urgent needs. The Orion Fund, for example, aids students with serious injury or illness.  The Basic Needs Center can provide temporary loans for support. 

If you are a current ESPM graduate student having financial difficulties due to unexpected hardship, please let us know using this form.   Please note, that due to the budget of this program, all decisions and funding will be administered at the end of the academic year (May/June 2024).

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