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Funding Resources for Departments

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The Graduate School provides a variety of resources for departments, including guidance and support for assistantship and tuition remission management, as well as funding opportunities for which departments may nominate their students.  

A variety of assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships are /content/graduateschool_vt_edu/en/funding/types-of-funding/funding-sponsored-by-the-graduate-school/cunningham-doctoral-assistantships sponsored by the Graduate School. Eligibility requirements, funding amounts and the nomination process vary for each opportunity; see details on this page. Contact us at if you have questions or need assistance.

Policy 3400 outlines protocols for awarding and managing scholarships and similar awards (fellowships) held by the Virginia Tech Foundation.  This policy is effective for graduate and professional level awards July 1, 2011. Technical assistance is available from the Foundation or the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (USFA).

If you wish to advertise an assistantship opening or fellowship to graduate students, email a one-paragraph summary of most important details and a link to further information to by Friday, and the position will be posted on the Graduate School's weekly listserv message on Monday.   

Students' financial aid awards might be impacted by assistantship or fellowship offers. To ensure coordination between the variety of awards and appointments a student may receive, departments should enter student appointments in Banner HR as early as possible, ideally no less than 21 days prior to the beginning of any term and for the entire academic or calendar year when possible.  Late entries of awards and appointments may conflict with financial aid awards and could negatively impact students.

In demonstrating its commitment to be work-life friendly, Virginia Tech aims to provide a supportive environment for graduate students in their choice to give birth or adopt a child, or attend to a medical emergency, while simultaneously acknowledging the department's need for continuation of the work being provided by the graduate student as a GTA, GRA, or GA.