Please discuss funding options with your potential faculty advisers or the program chair.
Tuition, stipend and research costs
Students may be funded through research or teaching assistantships, fellowships or grants.
- Research assistantships are coordinated through the student's faculty advisor and should be discussed directly with your (potential) adviser on the Ecology faculty.
- A limited number of research assistantships are available through funds from the Huck Institutes and the Graduate School
- Additional funding may be available if the student is in an under-represented minority
- Teaching assistantships are available through the advisor's home department, or in special cases in the Biology Department as arranged by the Ecology program.
- University Graduate Fellowships may be available to highly-qualified students.
Funding typically covers tuition (or provides a tuition waiver), plus a stipend. Some funding sources may also cover certain research costs.
Current Ecology students can apply for two awards available to a limited number of students in the program each year:
- The Professional meeting travel award offers $200 towards travel costs to a national or international scientific meeting
- Frank A. Andersen Ecology Travel Award for Graduate Students provides travel awards to students presenting at professional meetings
One Ecology student each year will receive this award, based on peer and faculty nominations:
- The J. Brian Horton Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievement and service to the graduate community
A number of financial awards are available from internal (eg, the Grad School at Penn State) and external (eg, NSF, DOE, private donors) sources.