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How did you pay for graduate school?

I know that after I get my degree in biology I have to go to graduate school to get my doctorate. I know you can pay for college through scholarships, but how do you get scholarships for grad school? #graduate-school #phd #graduate-recruitment

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Win’s Answer

Many PhD programs, especially the more highly ranked ones, will provide a financial package to admitted students that includes tuition waivers and stipends for a set number of years (i.e., the number of years expected for graduation, approx. 4-6). The stipend will be tied to a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or a fellowship and will vary in amount depending on the program and (to some extent) cost of living in your area. PhD programs also present you with plenty of opportunities to apply for internal and external fellowships for which you qualify. In addition, you should have the opportunity to apply for summer research funding, internships, and travel grants (for conferences). Here is an example of the financial offerings of a PhD program for Biology from the UCLA website: https://www.eeb.ucla.edu/grad_support.php

All programs will have such a website or a similar website where they should be sharing information about financial support options available to their PhD students.
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Dianna’s Answer

Depending on the school and whether you chose to pursue a Master's or PhD program, there are scholarships, research internships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships that can help cover the cost of grad school. I found out about scholarships and fellowships through my mentors and also by contacting individual schools. I found that the best way to learn about grad school opportunities was by contacting the individual schools and specific departments that you may be interested in. Not all available opportunities are posted on a program's website. And it doesn't hurt to ask :)

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Ivy,

How to Get Scholarships for Grad School

Understanding Grad School Scholarships

Graduate school scholarships are financial aid awards designed to help students pay for their advanced degrees. They can be merit-based, need-based, or a combination of both. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic, professional, or extracurricular achievements, while need-based scholarships are awarded based on a student’s financial need. (1)

Finding Grad School Scholarships

There are several resources to find graduate school scholarships. Students can search for scholarships on databases such as Fastweb, Scholarship America, and Cappex. They can also check with their prospective graduate programs, as many universities offer departmental or program-specific scholarships. Additionally, students can explore external organizations related to their field of study, which may offer scholarships for graduate students. (2)

Applying for Grad School Scholarships

The application process for graduate school scholarships typically involves submitting an online application, transcripts, test scores, a resume or CV, and letters of recommendation. Some scholarships may also require an essay or a project proposal. It’s essential to tailor each application to the specific scholarship and follow the instructions carefully. (3)

Maximizing Scholarship Opportunities

To maximize scholarship opportunities, students should start searching and applying for scholarships early. They should also cast a wide net and apply for as many scholarships as possible. Additionally, students should prioritize scholarships that match their academic and professional goals and demonstrate their unique strengths and achievements. (4)

Other Ways to Pay for Grad School

In addition to scholarships, there are other ways to pay for graduate school, including assistantships, fellowships, grants, and loans. Students can also explore employer tuition reimbursement programs or part-time work during their studies. (5)

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Fastweb - Fastweb is a scholarship database that matches students with relevant scholarship opportunities based on their profile information. It offers a wide range of scholarships for graduate students in various fields of study. Fastweb was used to provide examples of scholarship databases where students can search for financial aid awards specific to their academic and professional goals.
Scholarship America - Scholarship America is a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for students seeking financial aid for higher education. It offers several scholarship programs for graduate students in various fields of study. Scholarship America was used to provide examples of external organizations that offer financial aid awards specifically for graduate students.
Cappex - Cappex is a scholarship database that matches students with relevant scholarship opportunities based on their profile information. It offers a wide range of scholarships for graduate students in various fields of study. Cappex was used to provide examples of scholarship databases where students can search for financial aid awards specific to their academic and professional goals.

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James.
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