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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 scholarships, of both out-of-state and in-state tuition, and the University pays most of the students’ health insurance costs. Students are eligible to get 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.

If you have any questions then please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator: Cecille Labuda