Graduate Funding Opportunities

Most full-time WS&E graduate students receive financial support. Many students receive a salary via a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). Hourly wages, scholarships, and other financial aid are also available.

A GRA is paid for specific research or other duties separate from their required coursework. Work hours are usually flexible and will vary with the appointment level and expectations of the supervisor. The actual time worked each week will vary and it is common for a GRA to work fewer hours during the academic year and more hours when not attending classes.

Most MS students in the Department of Wood Science & Engineering receive financial support for up to two years; most Ph.D. students receive support for up to three years. 


2016-2017 Current Annual GRA Pay Rate Range:

  • Masters: $9,115--$45,576 
  • PhD: $9,814--$49,068 

A GRA covering 0.20 FTE or more includes a tuition waiver and a mandatory health insurance plan.

On July 1, 2017, minimum FTE on GRA appointments will change to .30 FTE

Loans, Grants, Scholarships & Work-Study:

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships administers scholarships, student loans, grants, work-study programs, or part-time employment.


The College of Forestry (CoF) awards Fellowships ($500-$7,000) to exceptional new and continuing graduate students. 


New students wishing to be considered for a CoF fellowship must successfully complete an application for graduate admission before the end of December 2016. Continuing students must apply directly to the Department for consideration using the forms and procedures developed by the CoF Graduate Fellowship Committee.