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University Scholarships

University Tuition Scholarships

Service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. Maximum award value is currently $34,380 for the nine-month academic year.

The following awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.

University Graduate Fellowships

The University Graduate Fellowship is awarded by the Graduate School to highly qualified students entering study for the PhD or the master's degree, if that is the highest degree offered by the program. In order to be considered for this award, an applicant's file must be complete by January 15. Individual departments nominate applicants for this highly competitive award, which is announced in early March. The University Graduate Fellowship, a stipend of up to $5000, is in addition to a fellowship, assistantship, traineeship, or tuition award and are made for a period of three years for the PhD, two years for terminal master's programs.  At the end of the third year, PhD students are eligible to apply for an additional 2 years of support.  The University Graduate Fellowship carries the status of Russell G. Hamilton Scholar.

Provost's Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School offers these fellowships to under-represented minority graduate students who intend to pursue the PhD degree in preparation for an academic teaching career. Each award provides up to a $5,000 stipend awarded as a supplement to any other funding that is offered to the applicant and are made for a period three years.  At the end of the third year, students are eligible to apply for an additional 2 years of support.  The Provost's Graduate Fellowship also carries the status of Russell G. Hamilton Scholar.

Russell G. Hamilton Scholarships

As part of the initiative of the Graduate Education and Research Endowment, Russell G. Hamilton scholarships are awarded to highly qualified students intending to pursue the PhD degree.  This award is a tuition scholarship and the recipients are designated as Russell G. Hamilton Scholars.

Yellow Ribbon Program

As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Graduate School of Vanderbilt University is committed to provide financial aid as necessary (specifically, in the form of tuition and fees) up to $6,000 per academic year to each post-9/11 eligible Veteran who is admitted and enrolls as a student in a degree program and who is determined by the VA to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students admitted to the Graduate School as special, non-degree students are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon financial aid from the Graduate School.