Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

In addition to those forms of financial aid coordinated by the University's Office of Financial Aid, the School of Arts and Humanities offers supplemental support to graduate students through the awarding of Teaching Assistantships and grants from the Armstrong Fellowship Program. Students enrolled in all of the School's graduate programs are eligible to apply for these forms of aid.

Teaching Assistantships

The more common form of graduate student support consists of Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistants support the educational mission of the School and gain valuable experience by assisting faculty members with instruction in undergraduate courses and by staffing the programs and research Centers within the School.

Teaching Assistantships must be applied for annually and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and program needs. The selection of Teaching Assistantships is thus highly competitive. Students who apply for a Teaching Assistantship after the annual deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration.

Decisions concerning Teaching Assistantships are made by the School's Graduate Studies Committee representatives from Aesthetic Studies, History of Ideas, and Studies in Literature.

The University requires all Teaching Assistants to enroll for nine credit hours each semester and to work twenty hours each week. Teaching Assistantships normally carry a modest monthly stipend, tuition and fee benefits, and eligibility for optional, partial medical benefits. Precise terms of compensation will be specified in the letter of offer awarding a Teaching Assistantship. Teaching Assistants are not allowed to accept outside employment. Failure to meet these requirements may result in loss of the Assistantship.

Teaching Assistantships are normally renewed on an annual basis.

The School may have a limited number of summer appointments (approximately one-quarter to one-third the number for the regular academic year). Normally, only those students offered appointments during the academic year are eligible for summer positions.

A TAship typically qualifies a student for a Graduate Student Scholarship (GSS) that covers tuition, fees, and eligibility for medical benefits for the length of their contract, with potential coverage for up to a total of twelve semesters.

The TA Application must be filled out and submitted via email to [email protected] or in hard copy to the Arts and Humanities Office (JO 4.510).  The application must be received by February 1, 2021. Offers for the next academic year will be made in late April.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Application (pdf)

TA Recommendation/Evaluation Form (pdf)

Scholarships and Fellowships

The School of Arts and Humanities has funding opportunities available to graduate students directly through the School.

The Robert Plant Armstrong Fellowship

The privately-endowed Armstrong Fund permits the School of Arts and Humanities at UTD to award a few modest fellowships to graduate students each academic year. In contrast to teaching assistantships, which involve part-time work for the school and are based solely on students' academic record, these awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit. Thus, applicants must provide the fellowship committee information on their incomes as well as estimated expenses.

The Selwin Belofsky Fellowship in Holocaust Studies

The Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation created the Belofsky Fellowship to develop the next generation of Holocaust educators. Belofsky Fellows have the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Dr. Nils Roemer, or Dr. David Patterson, all of whom teach and pursue research at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. Award is made by a faculty committee through a competitive application process.

Robert Bone Memorial Creative Writing Award

Sponsored by Reunion: The Dallas Review, an interdisciplinary arts journal published by UTD students, the Bone Award is given annually to a graduate or undergraduate student based on a completed creative writing work.

Mala and Adolph Einspruch Fellowship for Holocaust Studies

Dr. Burton Einspruch created this fellowship in memory of his parents, Mala and Adolph Einspruch. This fellowship is awarded annually and offers a modest stipend to help support a UT Dallas graduate student who focuses on Holocaust studies.

The Mike Jacobs Fellowship in Holocaust Studies

The children and grandchildren of the late Mike Jacobs established this fellowship in his honor to recognize the life of a man who witnessed history and shared his story with others. Jacobs, a Holocaust survivor, successful business man, and author, was known as an enthusiastic speaker and a dedicated member of the Dallas Jewish community. This fellowship helps to fund the academic career of a UT Dallas graduate student who will focus on Holocaust studies.

Nina and Thomas Lambert Scholarship/Fellowship

The Nina and Thomas Lambert Scholarship/Fellowship is open to any undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student in the School of Arts and Humanities. Students must demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need. Recipient(s) may continue to receive the scholarship/fellowship until the completion of his/her first degree in the School of Arts and Humanities or up to five years, whichever comes first.

Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing

In 2008, UT Dallas established the Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing to honor former vice provost Robert Nelsen's decades of service to UT Dallas students and staff. This endowment will provide scholarship support for students enrolled in the School of Arts and Humanities. These funds will be used to provide a scholarship based on financial need or academic merit to a full-time or part-time School of Arts and Humanities degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student. The recipient must have a dedication and passion for creative writing. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a biographical summary of Robert S. Nelsen.

Dr. Roger N. and Adrienne T. Rosenberg Graduate Fellowship

The Rosenberg Fellowship will be awarded to graduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time and who are pursuing either a master's or doctoral degree.

Frank R. Rossiter Book Award

The Rossiter Book Award was established by the History faculty to honor outstanding academic achievement and scholarly accomplishment by undergraduate and graduate students in the History and History of Ideas Programs at the University of Texas at Dallas. The award is given alternatively to an undergraduate History graduating senior and either a History of Ideas PhD who has successfully defended his or her dissertation or a graduating History MA thesis student.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our Scholarships and Fellowships page and for information on financial aid, please visit the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid.