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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 for the nine months of Fall and Spring semesters are $18,000 for Ph.D. students and $16,000 for master’s students.  Students who perform satisfactorily as TAs and are making reasonable progress toward the degree will also be paid a minimum of $2,000 in the summer.  Assistantships include 100% tuition scholarships, of both out-of-state and in-state tuition, and the health insurance is partially subsidized.

In addition, some students with very good qualifications are eligible to receive additional fellowships.

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