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.