Nearly all of our graduate students receive financial aid. This aid covers tuition and provides a stipend to offset living expenses.
Teaching assistantships provide support for students who assist in the preparation and teaching of labs and recitations, and in grading of papers and exams. Teaching assistants are involved with the instruction of our introductory courses such as Planet Earth I and II, Geology I and II, and Natural Sciences I and II, as well as some upper level courses.
Research assistantships are funded through research grants awarded to individual faculty members. Most of our Ph.D. students beyond their second year of graduate studies are supported by research assistantships. Our research programs are many and diverse: students will want to contact faculty members directly about specific research interests.
Other Sources of Financial Aid
Rensselaer has a limited number of graduate fellowships and exceptional candidates will be nominated by the department. Other graduate support is offered by the National Science Foundation and prospective students are encouraged to explore these opportunities.
Scholarships and Grants: