There are three sources of funding to support your graduate studies. Research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships are available for students on a competitive basis. Students are rarely admitted without funding, although exceptions may be made.
1. Departmental Research and Teaching Assistantships
These are arranged by your EES faculty advisor from their home department. Graduate assistantships pay a stipend, provide a tuition waiver, and cover a portion of health insurance premiums in exchange for part-time (typically 0.25-0.50FTE) research or teaching support. Details of each kind of assistantship are as follows:
Research Assistantship (RA): At 0.50 FTE, includes a minimum stipend of $18,633 for M.S. and Ph.D. students for 12 months, a tuition waiver for up to 19 credit hours (9 credits in the spring and fall and 1 credit in the summer), and 50% of health insurance premium.
Teaching Assistantship (TA): At 0.50 FTE, includes a minimum stipend of $14,100 for 9 months, a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours (9 credits in the spring and fall), and 50% of health insurance premium.
RAs and TAs are required to work for their advisor by assisting with teaching classes or conducting research. Please contact your prospective EES faculty advisor to discuss departmental assistantship funding opportunities.
2. Grant-Supported Research Assistantships
In addition to departmental RA and TA positions, EES faculty often secure external research grants that support RA positions. The majority of EES students are hired to filled grant-supported research assistantships. Some, but not all, current grant-supported RA positions are advertised below. Please contact EES faculty advisors, who share your research interests, to inquire about other openings they may have.
Current grant-support RA positions:
EES has two year-long full fellowships available: The Green Lake Fund Fellowship and the Correll Fellowship. These are awarded annually. Nominations are made by EES faculty advisors, and selections are made by the EES Graduate Faculty Council. Please contact your prospective EES faculty advisor to discuss being nominated.
The UMaine Graduate School also has a variety of fellowships available. Please contact your prospective EES faculty advisor to nominate you for a Graduate School fellowship. Descriptions are available at this website.
Finally, outside fellowship support is possible such as from the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and Fulbright programs. Please discuss options with your prospective EES faculty advisor.