A Fellowship is not the same as an Assistantship. Fellowships only require that you make satisfactory progress in your program, where an Assistantship requires you to work 20 hours per week.

Stipend Payments

Since you are not working for your fellowship, your stipend is paid through the Accounts Payable system vs Payroll. What does this mean for you …

  1. You will be paid in the middle of the month, versus the end of the month for assistantships
  2. Taxes will not be withheld from your monthly stipend check
  3. You cannot setup payroll deduction for your student account balance
  4. You will need to fill out a W-9 form to be setup in the Accounts Payable system
  5. Currently payroll deductions not available – check back for more information
  6. Fellowships are counted as a resource in your financial aid calculation, where assistantship are not included in this calculation


Some or all of your fellowship stipend may be taxable as income. Please refer to the IRS publication for details. You will not receive a W-2 or 1099-MISC at the end of the year from the University of Maine. If you would like a listing of your stipend payments for the year, please contact Rebecca Gifford (rebecca.gifford@maine.edu).

W-9 Forms

If you have never received a fellowship stipend payment before, you must complete the W9 form and return to Rebecca Gifford (rebecca.gifford@maine.edu) in order to be paid.

If you do not have a Social Security Number, then you should complete the W-8BEN, instead of the W9.


Kathleen Harding-Heber