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Financial support

The Department provides support to some graduate students through Dean's Fellowships, University Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Fee Scholarships, and Fee Remissions. Various rules apply to these funding sources.

Graduate fellowships, scholarships and grants

Fellowships

Exceptional candidates are considered for a Physics Fellowship. There is no need extra material needed to be submitted. 

  • Each year the Department will allocate up to two Physics Fellowships in current areas of research. 
  • Physics Fellows receive extensive mentorship and ample opportunities to develop a very competitive career portfolio. 

  • Students are automatically considered by the department for these awards if eligible. No separate application is required.

Research Investment Fund (RIF) Fellowship

  • Provides supports to graduate students involved in research from a block grant from the University through the Research Investment Fund.
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Eligibility: All students accepted to the graduate program are eligible. 
  • Deadline: March 15.

University Fellowship

  • University fellowships are open to new students not currently or previously enrolled at IUPUI or IU.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the University Fellowship, candidates must have a Graduate Record Examination.
  • Examination (GRE) scores in the 80th percentile with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or equivalent.
  • Deadline: January 15th

Educational Opportunity Fellowships

Provides a funding opportunity for promising students whose academic preparation has been affected by their economic or academic background. Learn more.

Travel Fellowships

Provides funds to assist full-time graduate students enrolled in research degree programs (master's or Ph.D.) with their travel expenses to a conference. Learn more.

International Student Grant Program

The International Student Grant program provides scholarships to international undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students who have a strong academic record and who are experiencing severe financial hardship. Award amounts vary. The student must hold F-1 or J-1 student visa status, be assessed tuition at the out-of-state rate, and have completed at least two semesters of full-time coursework at IUPUI at the time the award begins. For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at (317) 274-7000 or intlaff@iupui.edu.

  • Deadlines:
    • April 1 (Fall semester)
    • November 1 (Spring semester)

Scholarships

Robert Noyce Transition to Teaching Scholarship

The Robert Noyce Transition to Teaching Scholarship program (T2T) provides $12,000 stipends for career-changers or college graduates who wish to become certified math or science teachers, and agree to teach in high-need school districts for two years. The T2T program is highly selective and rigorous, with hours of embedded field placement.

Robert Noyce Scholarship recipients are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to the established financial need and diversity of applicants in the program. To be considered, applicants must be admitted to the IUPUI's One-Calendar-Year Transition to Teaching program in the School of Education, and must hold a bachelor degree (or adequate content course work preparation) in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences/geology, mathematics, engineering, or technology. Learn more.

Grants and other awards

Educational Enhancement Grants

The IUPUI Graduate Student Organization offers financial awards to graduate students seeking funding for presenting papers/posters at national conferences and for expenses related to their graduate research. Learn more.

GK-12 Urban Educators Program at IUPUI

The GK-12 Urban Educators Program at IUPUI is a partnership between the IUPUI School of Science, the IU School of Medicine, and the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). GK-12 Fellows are research graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.), who dedicate 15 hours per week in nearby school classrooms, grades 6-12, working with a science teacher partner to bring excitement of research into the science classroom or outdoor laboratory. Learn more.

Additional Resources

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA's)

  • TA's typically involve teaching several laboratory sections and/or recitation sections in an introductory class. TA assignments include the fall and spring semesters, and one six week summer session.
  • Non-native speakers of English must satisfy criteria established by the English as a Second Language (ESL) program operated by the Department of English at IUPUI before they appear in the classroom.
  • There is no need to apply separately for a teaching assistantship. The department makes the decision based on the student needs, qualification, and availability. To be considered for a teaching assistantship you must submit your graduate program application by March 15.

Research Assistantships (RA's)

  • RA's are provided by the faculty members from their own research funds, typically after the student 1st year.
  • See individual faculty members to discuss RA opportunities.

Additional Resources

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