The University of Maine helps graduate students fund their education through graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and student loans. In addition to the resources listed below, check with your academic department for more funding opportunities.

Graduate Assistantships: The University of Maine offers both teaching and research assistantships for eligible students. These competitive programs are typically awarded by academic departments and include a tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and other benefits.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships: Students seeking scholarships are nominated by their academic program. The application deadline for all scholarships is January 15th. Contact your department’s graduate coordinator for more information.

NEBHE Scholarships: The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has established the Regional Student Program under which qualified residents of the region may receive reduced tuition rates when attending college in another New England state for programs not available in the student’s home state.

Regional Graduate Scholarship: The Regional Graduate Scholarship program is designed to reduce out of state tuition costs for new students from NJ and PA entering into select academic areas.

Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows: Three Renewable University of Maine Scholarships covering up to 24 credits of full-time tuition per year for returning Peace Corps volunteers pursuing study in Social Work.

Graduate Work Study: Federal work-study funding may be available through the Office of Student Employment for graduate students who meet financial and academic qualifications.

Federal Loan Programs: Full time, domestic graduate students in good academic standing may be eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loans.


In addition to University of Maine funding opportunities, a variety of external scholarships may be available for graduate students. We encourage you to explore funding sources outside the University through professional groups, local communities, and affiliations.

Available PhD Scholarships (

Pathways to Science (Postdoc opportunities – STEM-focused)

External Scholarship and Fellowship Notices

Fellowship/Tax Information: Relevant tax information for students who have received a fellowship.