All applicants to the CSEM PhD Doctoral program are considered for financial aid as part of the admissions review process. Applicants are not required to submit a separate application for financial aid. The CSEM Program is unable to provide financial support for Master’s students.
The majority of applicants admitted to the CSEM Doctoral program receive funding from one or more of the following sources.
A $5 million endowment supports the CSEM Graduate Fellowship Fund for U.S. citizens. The CSEM Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $40,000, for a maximum four-year period. Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of merit. For the first year, a CSEM Fellow receives a $40,000 stipend directly from the CSEM Fellowship Fund, which allows the student to focus on the academic program. For each of the following three years, the $40,000 comes from a combination of a CSEM Fellowship stipend and other institutional funds, such as a teaching or research assistantship. In addition, CSEM Fellows receive support for tuition and fees and an allocation for health insurance for each year of the fellowship. The continuation of CSEM Fellowship support throughout this four-year period is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
In Fall 2011, the Oden Institute launched the National Initiative for Modeling and Simulation (NIMS) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This program provides fellowships for highly qualified U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. The NIMS Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $30,000, for a maximum four-year period. Fellowships are awarded solely on the basis of merit. A unique feature of the program is the requirement that each recipient serve as an Instructor Intern for one semester. NIMS Fellows also receive support for tuition and fees and an allocation for health insurance for each year of the fellowship. The continuation of the NIMS Fellowship throughout this four-year period is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.
The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School allocates funding to the CSEM Program for recruiting fellowships for incoming graduate students and/or continuing fellowships for current students. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible for these awards and selections are made by the CSEM Admissions & Fellowships Committee. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and may range from full support to supplementary stipends.
The Graduate School also has university-wide fellowship competitions for which the CSEM Program may nominate incoming and continuing students. These include the Harrington Recruitment Fellowships, Diversity Fellowships, and Continuing Fellowships. For full information, see Graduate School Fellowships.
The Graduate Dean's Prestigious Fellowship Supplement awards are for students who will hold large (typically $15,000 or more), competitive, prestigious external fellowships that recognize the student's academic achievements. The award is $1,000 and may entitle the student to pay resident tuition rates during the coming academic year. Nominations for this award are made by the Graduate Advisor.
Students who will hold large (typically $15,000 or more), competitive prestigious external fellowships may also be eligible to receive a supplemental fellowship from the CSEM Program to help offset the cost of health insurance. Students receiving an external fellowship should contact the Graduate Coordinator for more information
Graduate research assistantships are available to CSEM students through faculty research grants. Positions can range from 10 to 20 hours per week and may additionally provide coverage of tuition and fees. The Oden Institute has a minimum GRA salary rate of $2,500 per month for CSEM students funded on a GRA. For salary ranges see the Student Employee Compensation.
The CSEM Program has a limited number of Teaching Assistantships available for advanced students. Additionally, CSEM students may obtain Teaching Assistantships through associated UT departments. Appointments can range from 10 to 20 hours per week and include tuition assistance. For salary ranges see the Student Employee Compensation.