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Scholarships and Financing

External Funding

Scholarships and Financing

Funding is availalable in numerous forms to assist students in their quest for a graduate degree. There are many external sources of funding including:

Additional Funding

The University of Colorado Denver complies many opportunities available for students. For additional information about current scholarship offerings, contact the Scholarship Resource Office.

Teaching Assistantships

PhD students and highly qualified MS students are eligible to apply for teaching assistantships, which carry a salary of $14,000 plus tuition. The salary is increased to $16,000 after the student has passed both preliminary exams. The usual term of a teaching assistantship is one academic year, with the understanding that renewal for the second semester depends upon the satisfactory completion of duties and satisfactory academic progress during the first semester. TA duties consist of teaching one course per semester and/or assisting in the Mathematics Education Resource Center (MERC) computer lab. Occasionally other duties may be assigned. Details related to teaching assistantships are explained in Policies Regarding Teaching Assistants.

 Deadlines for applying for a TA position: 
Feb. 1  to apply for a fall TA position
Oct. 1  to apply for a spring TA position

Out-of-state students who are U.S. residents are expected to gain Colorado residency by the beginning of the second year of study.

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships are available depending on the contracts and grants of individual faculty members. Appointments are made and duties assigned by faculty members with external funding. These appointments are normally not given to new graduate students. The typical workload for these appointments is 20 hours per week.

Visit our Faculty Page to explore our faculty research areas and to contact individual members about possible opportunities.

Any UC Denver graduate student (Master's and PhD) in the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics or physics who will be entering at least their second year of graduate study is eligible to apply for a GK-12 Fellowship. This UC Denver National Science Foundation grant provides eight fellowships each year, four for mathematics graduate students and four for science graduate students to enrich their research and teaching experience through partnerships with math and science educators in local middle schools. The NSF grant provides each Fellow with a 12-month stipend of $30,000 and additional funds for graduate tuition and fees up to a maximum of $10,500 for the year. More information about this program is available at