Graduate Financial Assistance

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The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering offers a limited number of graduate fellowships and assistantships on a competitive basis. This support is intended to atttract and retain outstanding candidates for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by enriching the academic experiences of the students. Most fellowships require U.S. citizenship and a composite GRE score of over 1700 (or average above 65th percentile) and an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher. Fellowships provide monetary stipends, tuition and partial fee waiver. Candidates who wish to be considered for fellowships must submit their completed application materials prior to February 1 in order to receive full consideration for fellowships for the following fall semester.

Assistantships offer employment in research. An assistantship appointment provides a stipend plus tuition and partial fee waiver. A one-half time assistantship requires an average of 20 hours per week of work. Typically, graduate students will have the opportunity to gain significant teaching experience.

Current assistantship and fellowship stipends for new students

Graduate Research Assistant Rates

(Effective 8/16/18 - JP)

Assistantships are appointed on a 9 month + 2 month basis: August 16th through May 15th and May 16th through July 15th.

M.S. (50%) $2,143.72/month
Ph.D. (50%) $2,246.52/month
Ph.D. Post Prelim (50%) $2,366.98/month


JBT M.S. $22,500 (20k from College & 2.5k from Advisor)
JBT Ph.D $26,500 (22.5k from College & 4k from Advisor)
USDA National Needs $22,000
NSF $34,000

Teaching Assistant Rates

25% $1,071.86/month

Available Awards

2018 - 2019 ABE Spring Banquet Faculty and Grad Student Award

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Graduate College Conference Travel Award Application

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