Financial Support

Financial Support for Graduate Students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences

There is a wide variety of employment opportunities at The University of Texas at Austin. Many graduate students seek academic employment inside the university; these positions are competitive due to their limited availability. Many graduate students overlook the vast variety of meaningful and fulfilling work opportunities that exist both inside and  outside the university. Find out more about non-academic employment for graduate students.

TA + GRA + AI Positions

General information about teaching and research assistantships can be found at the Graduate School. There is no separate departmental application process for teaching/research assistantships. Newly enrolled graduate students should check with their graduate coordinator as soon as possible to ascertain the department’s needs and academic position availability for the upcoming semester.

Compensation: TA, AI, and GRA position availability is dependent upon the department’s annual budget. Total monthly compensation (including tuition assistance) is determined by tuition rates (which fluctuate) and the percent-time of the appointment.

Eligibility for University Employment: To be employed as a Teaching Assistant (TA), Assistant Instructor (AI), Graduate Research Assistant, Tutor (Graduate), Academic Assistant, or Assistant (Graduate), a nominee must:

  • be a degree-seeking graduate student who is making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree without existing conditional admission requirements imposed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies,
  • remain registered for at least nine semester hours of course work in the long semesters (enrollment in three semester hours of course work is required for students holding summer appointments). This does not include enrollment in University Extension courses or ISR (Independent Study & Research), and
  • maintain at least a 3.0 graduate grade-point average.

Important policies, deadlines, and forms pertaining to graduate student academic employment can be found at the Graduate School.

Professional Development (Travel) Awards

These awards provide support for students to attend professional meetings at which they present an original paper or poster based on their research.  Students may apply for one travel award per academic year.  Applications are submitted to the Graduate Coordinator and evaluated by the Graduate Advisor.  An application can be obtained from the Graduate Coordinator, or Graduate Handbook, or go to http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/funding/pda_app2.pdf.

Scholarships:

Lorene L. Rogers Presidential Scholarship in Natural Sciences
This award was endowed in 1995 in honor of Dr. Lorene Rogers’ career achievements.  Nominations should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator  by April 1; the Committee will select three nominees using the Annual Progress Report and student records to judge academic and research progress.  Additional information may be obtained from the faculty. The following criteria will be used in the nomination process.

  • Honors, awards and publications pertinent to academic and research programs will be the highest consideration.
  • Ph.D. students will be given preference.
  • Appropriate academic and research progress; active participation in research programs are essential

The nominations will be brought before the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee will vote to decide the recipient for that year.  The awards will be announced after the GSC vote at the last GSC meeting of the Spring semester.

Tyrrell E. Flawn Graduate Fellowship in Nutrition
Awarded to Nutritional Science graduate students to recognize and support graduate student(s) working toward a graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences. Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic career

Karen and Charles Matthews Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Nutrition
Awarded to Nutritional Science graduate students to recognize and support graduate student(s) working toward a graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences.  Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic career.

Dr. John B. Longenecker Graduate Research Endowment in the Department of Nutritional Sciences

Awarded to Nutritional Science graduate students to recognize and support graduate student(s) working toward a graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences. Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic career.

Isora and Thomas Cooke Graduate Scholarship in Human Ecology
Eligibility: Students pursuing graduate study in Human Development and Family Sciences or Nutrition.  Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic careers.

Estelle Sharp Graduate Scholarship in Human Ecology
The Sharp Scholarship is to be awarded to Nutritional Science graduate students.   Students need to be continuously enrolled and active in their research. Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic careers.

Ima Hogg Memorial Scholarship in Human Ecology
Eligibility: Students pursuing graduate study in Human Development and Family Sciences or Nutritional Sciences. Students are nominated by GSC faculty on the basis of academic excellence, potential contribution to Nutritional Sciences, and interest in academic careers.