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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 admitted students are offered graduate assistantships. Students typically start with Teaching Assistantships and either remain on Teaching Assistantships or switch to Research Assistantships if research advisor funds are available. Current stipends for Teaching Assistants are $20,000 for PhD students (a 9-month stipend of $18,000 plus $2,000 in the summer) and $18,000 for master’s students (a 9-month stipend of $16,000 plus $2,000 in the summer).  To receive the summer stipend, students must perform satisfactorily as TAs, make reasonable progress toward the degree and remain on campus to work for at least one summer month.  Assistantships include 100% tuition scholarships and health insurance is partially subsidized.

For top students admitted to the PhD program in Fall 2024, additional $5,000 supplements to the regular assistantship amount are available. With this supplement, the 9-month stipend for new PhD graduate assistants will be $23,000 for 5 years plus $2,000 in the summer, for a total of $25,000 if they make satisfactory progress through the program.

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