Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships

Several types of awards and assistance are available for new and continuing graduate students at the University of Maine. All new applicants who wish to be reviewed for awards or other financial assistance must have submitted and completed a University of Maine graduate degree application by January 15. Most awards are based on academic performance rather than financial need. For more  information, please contact the Graduate School or the Graduate Coordinator in your department of interest.

Chase Distinguished Research Assistantships

Ten research assistantships are available annually and are awarded by the Graduate School. The stipend amount is the same as the University’s minimum stipend for the academic year (9 months). A tuition waiver for up to nine hours per semester is included exclusive of courses taken as audit or pass/fail or below 400 level. Some receive a tuition waiver during the summer following the academic year of the award. Partial health benefits are also included. These awards are made on a competitive basis and involve nomination by the department of study and submission of a research proposal delineating the research to be undertaken.

Janet Waldron Doctoral Research Fellowships (JWDRF)

The Janet Waldron Doctoral Research Fellowship (JWDRF) is open to all doctoral students, regardless of discipline and is designed to stimulate research and scholarship at UMaine as measured by research productivity and doctoral-degree graduation rate. Therefore, successful applicants will explicitly address how fellowship support would result in an overall increase in productivity. This JWDRF is intended to provide up to two years (24 months) of support for doctoral students to assist in completion of their degrees; however, support for the second year is contingent upon budget availability and success in meeting productivity goals.

Michael J. Eckardt Dissertation Fellowships in MEIF Areas (MJEDF)

MJEDF’s are open to doctoral candidates completing their dissertations in the following Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) targeted areas: aquaculture and marine sciences technology; biotechnology; composite materials engineering; environmental sciences technology; information sciences and technology; precision manufacturing; and forestry and agriculture are available annually to be awarded by the Graduate School. Students must be in their final year of doctoral study, and the award is non-renewable.

Susan J. Hunter Teaching Fellowships (SJHTF)

Susan J. Hunter Teaching Fellows are doctoral and post-doctoral students. Each fellow is required to teach one lower division course normally scheduled to be taught by a member of the Graduate Faculty. The Graduate Faculty member must agree to teach a graduate course that otherwise would not have been taught; this course can be delivered during any semester. All Fellows will be required to attend several teaching workshops to be held during the Fall semester, run by the Center for Excellence in Teaching Assessment. Open positions are subject to the availability of funds.

Atlantic Provinces Graduate Scholarships

Three scholarships, which pay a year’s tuition, are available on a competitive basis to graduates of the colleges and universities of the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. Applicants interested in being nominated for this award should consult their department. Nominations are sought in late-January and early-February.

Graduate Trustee Tuition Scholarships

Up to twenty scholarships, which pay a year’s tuition, are available on a competitive basis to students enrolled in graduate programs. Scholarship recipients are required to register for nine hours of credit each semester. The Graduate School requests nominations from the departments in late-January and early-February. Interested students should seek nomination through their departments of study.

Thurgood Marshall Scholarships

Two scholarships which pay a year’s tuition are available to graduate students whose socioeconomic background, prior academic or work experience, and/or graduate educational interests would bring a unique perspective to the University of Maine community. Preference for these scholarships is given to individuals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented at the University of Maine. Scholarship recipients are required to register for nine hours of credit each semester. The Graduate School requests nominations from departments in mid-February. Interested students should seek nomination through their departments of study.

Federally Funded Traineeships and Fellowships

Subject to the availability of federal funds, federal traineeships and fellowships are available to graduate students in some programs such as special education, communication sciences and disorders, and clinical psychology. Students should inquire in their field of interest.

Other Fellowships

Other fellowships may be available through individual departments or units. For example, the Canadian-American Center offers several fellowships for graduate students pursuing study of a regional nature involving New England, the Atlantic provinces of Canada, and Québec. Students should inquire in their field of interest.