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Funding Opportunties

The Psychology Department offers a number of opportunities for students to receive funding and financial assistance for graduate school. No special application is needed to be considered for financial aid. All applications will be considered and offers will be made to all who are eligible. Fellowships and Assistantships pay all tuition except for student fees, which are still required. While we cannot guarantee financial aid, in the last several years nearly all of our eligible students have had some form of aid. We have an excellent track record of providing financial aid to students and are committed to doing everything we can to provide the students we admit to our program with financial support for their graduate work.

Funding Resources for Graduate Students 

(compiled by Kecia Thomas) 

Departmental Assistantships

A set number of assistantships are given to the Department by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. These assistantships are divided among the three doctoral programs. Students and prospective students are rank ordered by Programs and assistantships are awarded from this listing.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships may be available through research grants held by faculty members. These assistantships provide funding and a tuition waiver for students, in exchange for the student working on the faculty members' research project (which often leads to collection of data towards the student's thesis or dissertation).

Presidential Graduate Fellows Program

The department is invited to nominate a certain number of candidates they wish to recruit. Applications must be complete. Nominations for this assistantship are submitted in late January.

The Research Foundation and the Graduate School contribute to this stipend the first two years and the Fellow's department will be expected to guarantee the stipend for the remaining eligibility period.

Graduate School Assistantships

New Student Awards: The Department is invited to nominate a certain number of the full-time, Fall enrollment. Students who will enroll in a graduate degree program for the first time are eligible for this two-year award. Application must be complete. This competition is held in early February.

Paul D. Coverdell Neuroimaging Program Fellowship From the John and Mary Franklin Foundation

One incoming graduate student every year will be selected as a Research Fellow in this program. VThe first two years of graduate school support will come from Franklin Foundation funds; additional years of support may come from the Psychology Department, the Bio-Imaging Research Center, faculty advisor, and/or from individual grant support (e.g., an NSF or NIH pre-doctoral award). Students will learn how to do functional brain imaging research (through coursework and practical laboratory experience) using dense array EEG, MEG, and fMRI. Each Fellow will be provided with $5000 per year for conducting research projects. As part of Fellowship training, there will be two symposia per year during which a nationally-recognized expert in functional brain imaging will present their research, and meet with UGA faculty and students to review, critique, and encourage brain imaging research on the UGA campus. For additional information, contact Brett Clementz (, Jennifer McDowell (, or Steve Miller ( or visit the program website.

Dissertation Completion Award

The Department is invited to nominate a small number of the full-time Fall enrollment. This competition is for Doctoral students who are expected to complete and defend their dissertations by end of academic year. Students who have already received three (3) years of Graduate School support are not eligible to be nominated. This competition is held in the spring semester.

Students may also work directly with the University‚Äôs Office of Student Financial Aid (706-542-6147) for assistance in securing student loans.

Graduate Schools have an agreement that students are not bound to accept an offer of aid until April 15. Students must, therefore, accept or decline an offer by 15 April or it will be withdrawn. After that date students cannot change to accept another offer. That means that if a student has not heard about financial aid by April, they might still get an offer when we have not heard from someone that we made an offer to.

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