Scholarships and Funding

All current students are supported by nine-month teaching or research assistantships plus duty-free summer stipends. These awards carry full tuition waivers for the academic year and summer terms. Applications for graduate study and financial support should be received no later than February 1 for the following academic year.

  • Teaching Associateships are available for students with a master's degree who are working toward the Ph.D. degree. The stipend for the award is $22,774. 
  • Graduate Assistantships are awarded each year to students working toward the master's degree. The stipend for the award is $17,884. 
  • The above assistantships also provide a tuition and fee waiver which pays the full instruction fee (i.e. tuition), half of the basic general fee and all of the Non-Resident Surcharge (i.e. out of state fee) if applicable.
  • Grant-in-aid awards provide remission of the instructional fee and out-of-state tuition for one or more semesters. Grants are awarded by the Graduate School on the basis of need and excellence of scholarship.
  • Integrative Graduate Education & Research Training (IGERT) is a program funded by the National Science Foundation in the amount of $30,000 per year and represents a multi-disciplinary, dual-institution (Kent State & Miami University) program focused on Environmental Aquatic Resource Sensing (EARS). For more information please go to IGERT website or contact our departmental liaison, Dr. Hailiang Dong.
  • For more information on departmental requirements and graduate support, contact Dr. John Rakovan, 513-529-3245 or via email at