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Assistantships & Fellowships

Stipends vary according to the amount of work required and the experience of the student. Tuition scholarship awards covering up to nine credit hours of tuition per semester are also available. Students awarded financial assistance must be enrolled in at least nine hours of graduate work during the fall and spring semesters. Students must also maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in graduate studies to remain on an assistantship, fellowship or scholarship.

The University of Tulsa considers that a full-time graduate student receiving a graduate assistantship has a full-time commitment. Any employment in addition to the assistantship without the written permission of the Graduate School is specifically prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in the immediate termination of the assistantship.

Teaching/Research/Administrative Office Assistantships

Open to all full-time students admitted to master’s or doctoral degrees.

Applicants interested in a department teaching or research assistantship should select “Yes” for the assistantship question on the application for admission. An option to upload a CV/Resume will then be included with other supplemental items on the application website.

  • Stipend of at least $14,349 for fall and spring semesters (for a 9-month contract) and remission of 100% of tuition per semester for students enrolled in a master’s degree program, including student health insurance.
  • Beginning in Fall 2023, stipend of at least $18,000 for fall and spring semesters (for a 9-month contract) and remission of 100% of tuition per semester for students enrolled in a doctoral degree program, including student health insurance.
  • Workload: Teaching, research or office-related activities required for 20 hours per week.

Presidential Graduate Assistantships (GAs)

Open to full-time doctoral students who have already obtained a master’s degree by Summer 2023.

Applicants interested in Presidential Graduate Assistantships should select “Yes” for the assistantship question on the application for admission. An option to upload a CV/Resume will then be included with other supplemental items on the application website.

  • For the 2023-2024 academic year, stipend of $24,000 ($20,000 for fall and spring semesters for a 9-month contract and $2,000 for each of the months of June and July), and remission of 100% of tuition per semester, including student health insurance, guaranteed for three years.
  • Workload: Presidential GAs are expected to focus full-time on their doctoral research, with no additional work duties.
  • Presidential Assistantships are expected to complete their doctorates within three years (by Spring 2026).

Graduate Assistantships in Publications

  • Open to students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in English Language and Literature. These positions are not typically awarded to first-year graduate students.
  • These include positions as editorial assistants for The James Joyce Quarterly and Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.
  • Stipend: $14,349 (for a 9-month period) and remission of 100% of tuition per semester for students enrolled in a master’s degree program, including student health insurance.
  • Beginning Fall 2023, stipend: $18,000 (for a 9-month period) and remission of 100% of tuition per semester for students enrolled in a doctoral degree program, including student health insurance.

Wilfred Woobank Graduate Assistantship

Application Form

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States and either be seeking full-time enrollment or be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program within the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

  • The awards may be designated for one year or may be awarded for up to three years of study for the master’s or four years for the doctoral degree.
  • The stipends are at least $15,000 a year for a nine-month stipend and include 18-19 hours of tuition scholarship. Exceptional awards with $20,000 in stipend and including a tuition scholarship are also available. Exceptional awards can include summer stipend and tuition support.
  • There is a 10-hour per week service component to the Wilfred Woobank Assistantship, intended to foster interaction between the scholar and the department.
  • Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 22.

Ben Henneke Research Fellowship

Application Form

This award honors the university’s first Trustees Professor of Humanities and President Emeritus, Ben Graf Henneke. Successful applicants have exemplary academic achievements, community service or service learning, and demonstrate leadership and/or commitment to social justice.

  • The applicant must be a citizen of the United States and either be seeking full-time enrollment or be enrolled full-time in a master’s degree program within the arts and humanities (anthropology, English language and literature, museum science, or psychology).
  • The award carries a nine-month stipend of $15,000 and nine credit hours of tuition for each of the fall and spring semesters, as well as six credits of summer tuition when appropriate, including student health insurance.
  • Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 22.

John S. Zink Fellowship For Students With Disabilities

Application Form

This endowed fellowship is available to aid TU students with disabilities and is given to students in any graduate program.

  • Fellowship amounts are variable and awarded on the basis of need.
  • To qualify, you must be admitted to The University of Tulsa, be in good academic standing, qualify for services provided by the Center for Student Academic Support and be registered to receive those services.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis subject to availability of funds.

Graduate Summer Fellowships

Application Form

Competitive Summer Fellowships are available to all doctoral students, although preference will be given to students at the dissertation level. To be eligible, a doctoral student must demonstrate a good track record with respect to timely completion of Ph.D. milestones.

  • Stipend of $4,000 for each of the months of June and July.
  • Workload: Summer Fellows are expected to focus full-time on their doctoral research, with no additional work duties.
  • Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m. March 15.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Application Form

Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist doctoral candidates in the completion of their degrees by providing a final year of funding with no additional work expectations. Fellowship recipients are expected to be leaders in their respective disciplines and trendsetters for The University of Tulsa doctoral degree.

  • Stipend of $24,000 ($20,000 for fall and spring semesters for a 9-month contract and $4,000 for each of the months of June and July), and remission of 100% of tuition per semester, including student health insurance.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a good track record with respect to timely completion of Ph.D. milestones and be prepared to complete all requirements for the doctorate by the end of the Fellowship period.
  • Workload: Dissertation Completion Fellows are expected to focus full-time on their doctoral research, with no additional work duties.
  • Application deadline is no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

Graduate Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Graduate students who experience an unforeseen acute or unexpected financial hardship may apply for emergency funding. Examples of qualifying events include: unexpected medical, dental, or mental health emergencies; accidents or events such as a house fire; being the victim of a crime such as robbery; expenses related to a death or family emergency. Students seeking Emergency Assistance funding should contact the Dean of the Graduate School, Jennifer Airey. Funding is not guaranteed and awards will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.