Funding Your Graduate Education
Funding your graduate education can be done through a number of methods including scholarships, fellowships, Graduate Assistantships, student loans, employer sponsored education benefits, and use of the GI Bill, if you served in the military. Check out available funding opportunities through the college and university.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships
Fellowships and awards are based on your academic record as well as your answers to the questions on the application.
Ann C. Powel Scholarship
The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is pleased to announce the availability of student grants under the Ann C. Powel Scholarship Fund. The grants will be made to individual students with faculty sponsors that are members of PEREC. Funding can be used for student research which contributes to the mission of PEREC which is to advance scientific knowledge and stewardship of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Applicants will normally be graduate students in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
Up to $3000 may be requested, but award amount will depend on strength of the submission, number of qualified applicants, and the availability of funds.
Please click here for more information on the Ann C. Powel Scholarship.
Next application cycle: TBA
Bernard C. Cotton, Jr. Physics Endowed Fellowship
This fellowship was established in memory of Bernard C. Cotton, Jr., ’07 MS Applied and Engineering Physics, and is awarded to a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics in the College of Science. The recipient will demonstrate academic merit and must be full-time. The recipient may be either in-state or out-of-state student.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact your academic advisor for more information.
Catherine and Richard Becker Environmental Science and Policy Research Assistantship
This fellowship was established by Catherine, MS ’96 Environmental Science and Policy, and Richard Becker and is awarded to a full-time graduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Science based. The purpose of the Assistantship is to provide graduate students with a holistic academic experience that incorporates learning, teaching, and researching. To qualify, students must have served at least one semester as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or greater. The program and application process are administered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact email@example.com.
The Becker Fellowship opens for applications each spring, applications for 2024-2025 are due in May 2024.
Chandran J. Shukla Endowed Fellowship
The Chandran J. Shukla Fellowship was established by Jagadish and Anne Shukla in memory of their son. The purpose of the Fellowship is to assist graduate students pursuing a degree in Climate Dynamics. The recipient may be either an in-state or out of state student. The Fellowship is based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. The Shuklas and a few other faculty members, have endowed the Fellowship with enough funds to support expenditures of about $1000 per year.
The Fellowship may be used to help one or more students purchase computer hardware or software, books or journal subscriptions, and other academic supplies; to enable students to attend scientific conferences and meetings; to support registration fees, travel-related expenses, and educational and research activities, including lectures; to provide direct student support such as stipend funding or tuition waiver; and to organize a Journal Club for all Climate Dynamics graduate students. The Fellowship is renewable.
Students are encouraged to submit proposals for funding under the Fellowship. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups of students. Decisions on funding the proposals will be made by representatives of GMU based on the merit of the proposals and on the availability of funds. For best chances of funding, students should submit proposals by October 1 to Barry Klinger, via email.
Selection Process (PDF)
This fellowship is currently being reviewed and will be open soon.
Clarke Family Endowed Award for Excellence in Algebra Analysis, Topology, and Geometry
The Clarke Family Award Endowment for Excellence in Analysis, Algebra or Topology was established in 2015 by Robert W. Clarke to provide scholarships to encourage and recognize graduate student excellence in the study of mathematics.
This award is currently not accepting applications.
Climate Science Masters Fellowship
This two-year Fellowship award of $10,000 per year is available to students pursuing a Masters in Climate Science. Applicants may be in-state, out-of-state, or international students. A committee of AOES faculty will select the recipient based on academic merit.
The Climate Science Master's Fellowship is not taking applications for School Year 2023-2024.
Dr. Saba Mahboob Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Dr. Saba Mahboob Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2020 by the Mahboob Education Foundation to provide scholarship support for science students. Recipients must be enrolled full-time, must be in-state students, may be undergraduate or graduate students, and will be selected on the basis of financial need and outstanding merit. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in chemistry. This scholarship is renewable.
Applications for this scholarship are not open for School Year 2023-2024.
Elissa Williams Memorial Scholarship
The Elissa Williams Scholarship was established in memory of alumna, Elissa Williams who tragically passed away in 2021. Elissa was a triple alumna of the College of Science, earning her BS in Chemistry in 2008, her Masters in 2010, and her PhD in 2014.
This scholarship was established to provide support for students studying Chemistry. Funds may be used for fellowship and programmatic purposes.
Recipients must be graduate students; may be either full-time or part-time; may be in-state or out-of-state; and will qualify on the basis of academic merit. Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Applications for this scholarship will open Fall 2023. Please check back for the application.
Feinstein Award in Math
The Feinstein Award in Math was established in 1992 by late Mason Professor Hyman I. Feinstein. The fund provides awards to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
This is awarded in the Spring of each academic year.
Graduate Inclusion and Access Scholarship
The Graduate Inclusion & Access Scholarship seeks to support the growth and development of an inclusive, thriving graduate community across all academic programs at George Mason University. Thsi
At Mason we believe “diversity is our strength.” An inclusive graduate student community is essential to enhance the quality of the intellectual environment for all of our students and faculty.
This scholarship, awarded on a competitive basis, is available to first-generation college students who are incoming fall semester doctoral degree students, are from an underrepresented population within their doctoral field of study at Mason, and have demonstrated financial need.
For more information on this University wide scholarship, please visit the Eligibility and Selection Criteria for the Graduate Inclussion and Access Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis with the applicaiton closing early February.
Jones Tschiemer Fellowship
The Jons Tschiemer Fellowship is to help supplement student stipends and support other expenses (up to $12,000 per student) for incoming PhD students in Environmental Science & Policy (ESP).
Recipients must have been awarded a Teaching Assistantship (TA) in either ESP or Biology and may be either in-state or out-of-state students. Preference will be given to students in the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.
This fellowship is renewable, contingent upon demonstrated progress in dissertation research. Students are expected to spend the summer working full-time on dissertation or pre-dissertation research.
For more information please contact your advisor and apply HERE. This fellowship is awarded each Fall.
Lee and Marty Talbot Foreign Student Endowed Scholarship
The Lee and Marty Talbot Foreign Student Endowed Scholarship was established in 2007 by Dr. Lee M. Talbot, a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and Martha H. Talbot, his wife. The fund helps students from developing nations pursue a MS or PhD degree in environmental science and policy. Dr. and Mrs. Talbot established this fund with the hope that recipients will return to their home country and apply their degree to improve its environmental conditions.
Navachat Tongvichit Bioinformatics Endowed Memorial Fellowship
This fund was established to support a Ph.D. fellowship for a full-time graduate student who is a Ph.D. candidate currently enrolled at George Mason University. The recipient must be pursuing a degree in Bioinformatics in the Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics and show evidence of academic progress.
Please contact your advisor for more information on this fellowship.
Newman Family Foundation Physics & Astronomy Scholarship
The Newman Family Foundation scholarship was established to provide support for undergraduate and graduate student research and scholarships. Must be pursuing a degree within the Department of Physics and Astronomy; full-time or part-time, in-state or out-of-state.
Research awardees: qualify on the basis of academic merit and departmental priorities.
Scholarship awardees: qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
Selected by the department faculty committee and SFA. The scholarship is renewable.
Please see your advisor for information on this award, it is awarded annually.
Physics and Astronomy General Scholarship
The Physics and Astronomy Scholarship was established in 2002 to provide scholarships for students studying physics and astronomy. Apply
Shukla Doctoral Fellowship
The Shukla Doctoral Fellowship is typically awarded to one entering Climate Dynamics Ph.D. student a year. The award is given to an outstanding full-time student. Applicants to the program are automatically considered for the fellowship and chosen by Climate Dynamics faculty based upon academic merit and research interests. The fellowship consists of an annual (12 month) stipend of $32,500 and tuition. Applicants may be in-state, out-of-state, or international students, and will qualify on the basis of academic merit. Recipients will be selected by a committee, consisting of AOES faculty representatives.
Riverside Research Accelerated Masters Program Scholarship
Riverside Research Scholarship was established to provide tuition-only scholarship support for graduate students enrolled in one of the following accelerated master's programs:
Applied & Engineering Physics, Computational Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Analytics Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistical Science.
Recipients must be full-time, may be in-state or out-of-state, and will be chosen as undergraduates. Preference is given based on financial need and belonging to an underrepresented group. No other criteria listed.
Applications for this scholarship are currently closed, please check back or talk to your advisor for more information.
Yu Yuen Kit Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student Support Fund
The Yu Yen Kit Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student support fund was established to provide support for students pursuing either a Master's or PhD degree in Physics. The support may take the form of graduate research assistantships, special summer research or dissertation completion stipends, tuition and healthcare for GRA/GTAs, conference travel stipends, and additional opportunities supporting a COS faculty member. Recipients of graduate student support funds will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Science.
Please contact your advisor for additional information on this award.
AJEDI Graduate Program Application Fee Waiver
Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) throughout our STEM community. To achieve this mission, Mason Science has created the AJEDI Graduate Program Application Fee Waiver. For eligibility, you must meet at least one of the criteria listed.
Beyond the college, Mason offers a number of resources to help fund your graduate education.
Take a look and see what resources are available to support your education. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mason's Financial Aid Office to discuss your options.