Assistantships / Fellowships


More than 3,300 assistantships in various fields are held by eligible graduate students. Graduate assistantships provide a waiver of course tuition for up to nine graduate credits in fall and spring semesters and for up to 5 graduate credits in summer semester. Graduate assistants must be actively pursuing degree programs and making satisfactory progress toward their degrees to be eligible for an assistantships. Benefits and a stipend may be provided, for more information consult the graduate assistantship brochure here.

Students admitted to regular graduate studies at MSU who plan to seek an assistantship or other financial assistance should consult their department or school. Since most graduate assistantships and fellowships are awarded by departments, beginning in February for the following academic year, it is essential that applications and supporting documents be submitted early to ensure adequate consideration.

For further information please visit the following websites:

The web site for Graduate Assistantships is

The web site for Financial Aid is


Michigan State University annually awards a number of fellowships to encourage students with high achievement to purse study leading to a graduate degree. A recipient of an MSU fellowship must be enrolled in a degree program and may be required to give formal service to the university or to the department or school.

The Distinguished Fellowship Program, for example, includes a $20,000 stipend, waiver of tuition and tuition-related fees, and heath insurance. To be considered for this program, your completed application must arrive prior to the deadline and you must be nominated by your department. For other fellowships available visit the Graduate School website.

For further information please visit the following websites:

The web site for Fellowships is

Plant Science Fellowship Information is here:

The web site for Financial Aid is

CANR Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Please read instructions here for more information on how to apply for Dissertation Completion Fellowships with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Funding Opportunities

These fellowship and graduate student opportunities are funded by endowments from generous individuals. Please see specific links for instructions on applying. Each one has specific eligibility criteria and application content. The application deadline for these funding opportunities, originally scheduled for February 12, 2018, has been extended to MARCH 15, 2018.