Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate students can support themselves during degree studies through a combination of the following programs: Teaching Assistantships (offered by the department), Research Assistantships (offered by individual professors with research contracts), and non-service Honors Fellowships (offered by the Graduate School).

Virtually all incoming students are offered a Teaching Assistantship for the first year or two, as a full year of teaching is one of the degree requirements; some switch to a Research Assistantship afterwards. Current stipends for Teaching Assistants are $16,000 or $15,000 for the nine months of the Fall and Spring semesters, for PhD and Master’s students, respectively. Assistantships include 100% tuition waivers, of both out-of-state and in-state tuition, and the University pays most of the students’ health insurance costs. Many students also get $4,000 or more of summer support on departmental funds or research contracts.

In addition, some students with very good qualifications will receive an additional Honors Fellowship in the amount of $3,000 per academic year (PhD students) or $2,000 per academic year (Master’s students). Honors Fellowships are renewable and are reviewed annually based on graduate GPA and TA/RA performance.

Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Physical Acoustics

The National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) is pleased to offer a fellowship to a qualified US citizen pursuing a doctoral degree in Physics or Engineering at the University of Mississippi with a thesis topic in Physical Acoustics. This fellowship will offer $10,000 each year for the first two years of graduate study to supplement existing departmental support. Approximately 40% of the award will be used to support the student on a summer research project at the NCPA. The second year of funding will be contingent upon a B or above in all first year classes and arranging for a summer project with a research group at the NCPA by the end of the first year. Selection of the NCPA Fellow will be based on an evaluation of a written application, a letter of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts, and an interview. This process will immediately follow the acceptance of the candidate into the graduate program. Applications will be due by the beginning of March and notifications will be made before March 31. More information about the NCPA, and NCPA Fellow applications, can be found at: Questions, applications, and letters of support should be directed to Ms. Debra Perrier (, 662-915-5889).