Funding Resources

Travel and Research Related Awards

Ph.D. students who are in good standing are eligible to request funding to participate in or attend an appropriate conference / colloquium / doctoral consortium, as approved by the department’s Ph.D. coordinator. Funding for research-related travel (e.g., data collection), may be available from sources not described.

  • School of Business, Ph.D. Student Funding Request Form  The Ph.D. program provides up to $1,500 per doctoral student annually, to defray research related expenses (academic year 2021-2022) and expenses to attend professional conferences. Department pre-approval is required by completing the Funding Request Form.
  • School of Business, Departmental Travel Award   Additional funding may be available from the student’s academic department. Departments vary in their award process. Please review with the Ph.D. Program and Academic Department Offices.
  • Graduate School, Conference Participation Award  The Graduate School offers a Conference Participation Award, previously known as the Doctoral Student Travel Award, to support students’ ability to present their research at national or international meetings and conferences, including both in-person and virtual events.  This conference participation fellowship in the amount of $750 will be awarded for the semester following the application submission and paid through the student’s fee bill.
  • Graduate School, Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship  The Graduate School invites applicants for the Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, which is intended to support the successful completion of the dissertation. This is a one-time $2,000 fellowship. If awarded, the funds will be awarded for the Summer term and paid through the Office of the Bursar.
  • Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation   Funding will be provided to Ph.D. students seeking to attend a conference or workshop, collect data, or work with colleagues on a project related to entrepreneurship or innovation. Travel award amounts range and will be based on funding available, the costs associated with the trip and the nature of the conference.

Graduate Assistantship

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University. Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week.  Most business doctoral students receive a 5 year graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver, a stipend of approximately $26,000 for the academic year, and subsidized health insurance. This assistantship appointment from the School of Business is limited to 5 years, contingent on satisfactory progress in the degree program.


The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) and Harriott (HF) Fellowship

These awards consist of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend. Recipients of the JF and the HF are eligible for up to five years of fellowship support.  Departments may couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship.  


After submitting your application to The Graduate School, you will be able to submit the form to request consideration for the Fellowship from your Application Management Page: JF and HF awards are available only to students in PhD programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying.

The Jorgensen Fellowship is available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut. Recipients of these fellowships will represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University.

The Harriott Fellowship is available  to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut.  Nominees for HF awards are expected to demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity either within their field of study or more generally in all areas of higher education.

Graduate School PreDoctoral Fellowships

The Graduate School provides funds that are divided among the five School of Business departments who allocate the award among their doctoral students, usually in late spring. Predoctoral funds are generally awarded by Departments to PhD students for various purposes such as support for time spent preparing their dissertation, travel time or expenses, or any other reason for support at the discretion of the Department.  Per financial aid rules, it cannot be used as a reimbursement for services or work performed.


UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards

The University and the individual academic departments recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Graduate students, in conjunction with a faculty member, may also apply for small grant awards for curriculum and teaching development.


Summer Instructor Stipends

Summer teaching opportunities are available to doctoral students with departmental approval. Doctoral students serving as “Instructor of Record” for a 3 credit course earn an estimated $5,000 for teaching an undergraduate-level course.


Federal Forms of Financial Aid

The U.S. Government offers several forms of subsidized aid for all levels of university studies, including graduate studies. The types of aid include grants, loans, and work study. To be eligible, you must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident. Financial aid awards are determined by calculating a student’s “need”, which is equal to the cost of pursuing an education minus the student’s contributions. In order to be considered for Federal Financial Aid, a student must complete a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be submitted after January 1 but before March 1 for the following academic year.