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Financial Support Specifics

The Department of Mathematics provides a number of different types of financial assistance for graduate students. These include:

  • Fellowships and scholarships that provide a stipend and allow a student to concentrate on their courses and research work,
  • Teaching assistantships that pay students for tutoring, conducting recitations, grading or similar activities   in the department.
  • Research assistantships for students working on research projects. These often are funded by individual faculty members from research grants.
  • NSM Graduate Student Financial Support
  • NSM Scholarships

 

Research Assistantships generally are awarded by individual faculty to students with special qualifications.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding new applicants and current students based on the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies committee.  There also are many scholarships available from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the University as described on the (UH financial aid) page. Applicants and students are encouraged to apply for any such awards for which they are eligible.

 



Michael Friedberg Fellowship 

Graduate students in the Ph.D., M.A., M.S., and Applied Mathematics (M.S.) programs are eligible to apply for Michael Friedberg Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. This is a competitive fellowship which is awarded to students with a high academic standing and a strong teaching track record in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston. The fellowship is open to both resident and nonresident full-time students. This fellowship can be used to cover a part of the tuition. The fellowship in the amount of $1,000 per semester is typically awarded to outstanding students who are also involved in teaching duties in the Department. The fellowship is renewable without limit. However, students must submit supporting documents to continue receiving the fellowship.

Eligibility

  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Resident and nonresident full-time enrollment students (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Involvement with teaching in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston
  • Must be a graduate student in the Ph.D., M.A., M.S., or Applied Mathematics (M.S.) program

Review: The Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Mathematics, will review applicants for this award.

Award: $1,000 per semester and is renewable without limit.

Application: Students must send their resumes and UH transcripts to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ilya Timofeyev. Resumes must include at least 2 teaching references from the Math Department, at the University of Houston.


Renewal Criteria

The fellowship will be automatically renewed without limits for students who satisfy the following competitive renewal criteria.

  • 3.5 GPA or above
  • Grades B or higher in mathematical classes from the previous semester
  • Full-time enrollment (minimum 9 credit hours)
  • Involvment with teaching in the Department of Mathematics, University of Houston
  • Strong teaching references from the current semester
  • To renew the fellowship, students must submit updated teaching references from the current semester to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ilya Timofeyev by the application deadline.

Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15th
  • Spring Semester: November 15th

 



The Presidential Fellowship

The Presidential Fellowship assists departments or programs in the recruitment of outstanding students. The fellowship program provides funds to match or exceed financial assistance packages offered by other institutions. Only students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary recruitment opportunities will receive these fellowships.

Eligibility: The two-year fellowship is available for outstanding students entering a Ph.D. program at UH in the fall semester. The potential for academic excellence is the main criteria for selection. The selection of fellows is made only at the time students are being considered for admission into a Ph.D. program.

Nomination and Selection Process: Applicants need to be nominated by their department. Departments must email the nomination form to the NSM Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and upload to CollegeNet a letter of admission containing the offer of both a Presidential Fellowship and a competitive stipend with the Graduate Tuition Fellowship.

The following items are taken into consideration during the selection process: 

  • Applicant’s grades in previous degree programs, and scores on standardized tests (GRE, TOEFL/IELTS if applicable).
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Candidate's statement of his/her academic and research goals.
  • Student information pertinent to their ability to excel academically.

Review: The NSM Presidential Fellowship Committee reviews all nominations and awards the fellowships.

Awards: Recipients will be awarded a $2,000 per year fellowship for the first two years of graduate study. Students must meet minimum full-time enrollment (9 hours) and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to maintain the fellowship each semester it is held. Award funding will be withdrawn in the event this agreement is violated.

Deadline: The deadline for nominations is April 1. Departments are encouraged to send nominations as early as possible in the spring semester.

 



Graduate School Stella L. Ehrhardt Scholarship

The Graduate School Stella L. Ehrhardt Scholarship assists colleges in the recruitment of outstanding master’s program students. Only students with excellent credentials will receive this scholarship. The scholarship is offered every other year, on even years.

Eligibility: The two-year scholarship is available for outstanding students entering a thesis-based master’s program in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the fall semester. The potential for research and academic excellence are the main criteria for selection. The selection of fellows is made only at the time students are being considered for admission into a master’s program.

Nomination and Selection Process: Applicants need to be nominated by their department. Each NSM department can nominate up to two applicants. Departments must email the nomination form (https://www.uh.edu/nsm/_docs/nsm/students/graduate/stella-ehrhardt-nomination-form.pdf) to the NSM Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and upload to CollegeNet a letter of admission containing the offer of the scholarship.

The following items are taken into consideration during the selection process:

  • Applicant’s grades in previous degree programs; a cumulative GPA greater than 3.2 is considered competitive
  • Scores on standardized tests; scores greater than 85 on the TOEFL and greater than 305 on the combined verbal and quantitative GRE are considered competitive
  • Three letters of reference
  • Quality of the undergraduate institution
  • Evidence of high potential for research and academic success.

Review: The NSM Selection Committee reviews all nominations and awards the scholarships.

Awards: Recipients will be awarded a $1,200 per year scholarship for the first two years of graduate study. International and non-resident students will qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver. Students must meet a minimum full-time enrollment (9 hours) and a cumulative 3.00 GPA to maintain the fellowship each semester it is held. Award funding will be withdrawn in the event this agreement is violated. All domestic students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Deadline: The deadline for nominations is March 1. The College must have received all nominations from the departments before awards are made.

 



Additional Financial Assistance

The list below of funding opportunities for graduate students, within the university, college, and federal/private sources can be found on this page.

Financial Assistance from UH & NSM:

  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Tuition Fellowship
  • A.P. Kimball Graduate Fellowship
  • Robert Hazelwood Graduate Fellowship for Cancer Research
  • Accelerated M.S. Program Scholarship
  • Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant
  • NSM Scholarship Program
  • Alumni Association Scholarships
  • Graduate School Fund
  • Financial Aid

Funding Opportunities outside UH:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)
  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • Hertz Foundation Fellowship
  • Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
  • SMART Scholarship
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship
  • GEM Ph.D. Science Fellowship
  • American Association of University Women Fellowships
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program

 



For information about other UH financial aid resources, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid page.