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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.


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 for Fall semester and November 15 for Spring semester.

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.

Graduate fellowships, scholarships and grants


Department Fellowships

Each year the Department will allocate up to two Physics Fellowships in current areas of research for exceptional candidates. The Fellow will receive mentorship and ample opportunities to develop a very competitive portfolio. No separate application is required.

Research Investment Fund (RIF) Fellowship

Provides support to graduate students involved in research from a block grant from the University through the Research Investment Fund. All students accepted to the graduate program are eligible. The deadline to apply is March 15. 

University Fellowship

University fellowships are open to new students not currently or previously enrolled at IUPUI or IU. To be eligible for the University Fellowship, candidates must have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score in the 80th percentile with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or equivalent. The deadline to apply is January 15th . 

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.


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. 

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