The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Ecology Financial Aid

Financial aid and awards available to Ecology graduate students.
Students in the Ecology program are normally funded for 5 years if a PhD student and 2 years if a MS.

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.


Supplementary funding

Travel awards

Current Ecology students can apply for two awards available to a limited number of students in the program each year:


Ecology awards

One Ecology student each year will receive this award, based on peer and faculty nominations:


Other awards

A number of financial awards are available from internal (eg, the Grad School at Penn State) and external (eg, NSF, DOE, private donors) sources.