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Fellowships & Funding

Distinguished Doctoral Fellows

Distinguished Doctoral Fellows receive a $24,000 annual stipend plus full tuition and college fee credit. Their support is guaranteed for up to 4 years post-bachelor´s or up to three years post-master´s degree (subject to enrolling full-time, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and making satisfactory progress). These awards will be issued only to outstanding applicants.

Nomination process and deadline

First Year Doctoral Fellows

First Year Doctoral Fellows receive one year of support that includes a stipend of $20,000 plus full tuition and college fee credit. Like Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships, these will be awarded only to strong applicants who enroll full-time, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and make satisfactory progress. The goal is for the fellows to have one year to focus on course work while they seek out a research advisor who can provide financial support beyond their first year.

Nomination process

Distinguished Art Fellowships

Distinguished Art Fellowships are available to students applying to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. These fellowships are intended to attract students of unusual artistic ability. Distinguished Art Fellows receive a $17,000 annual stipend plus full tuition and college fee credit for up to three years as MFA students subject to maintaining full-time status, a 3.5 GPA and making satisfactory progress in the program.

Nomination process and deadline


The majority of financial aid for graduate students is in the form of loans. Early application is strongly encouraged. Learn more

External Fellowships & Support

Graduate students at UMass Dartmouth who are enrolled in degree programs and are directly supported by a national funding agency (such as the Fulbright Scholar Program or the National Science Foundation) or research funds from another academic institution are usually eligible for adjustment of their tuition to the in-state level; however, adjustments vary dependent upon the award and students who have secured external support are encouraged to contact the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies to confirm the tuition credit benefits they would receive if admitted. Final determination of eligibility for a tuition credit and the amount of the credit will be made by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies.


UMass Dartmouth has several financial programs to assist graduate students with the cost of advanced studies. These programs apply to degree-seeking, matriculated students only. Non-degree students who have not received formal admission to UMass Dartmouth, are generally not eligible to receive financial aid.

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