Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

ANSC graduate students have opportunities to participate in both research and teaching; for those who wish to invest in these duties while they pursue their education, we offer a limited number of graduate assistantships each year. Assistantships provide students with a stipend, tuition remission for up to 10 credit hours per semester, and health insurance benefits. We appreciate our students commitment to the function of the department, and strongly encourage applicants to apply within the "best consideration" period for an opportunity to be awarded an assistantship.

Please note the following:

  • Registration: Graduate students with assistantships must be registered for at least 24 units (review FAQs page) of coursework each Fall and Spring semester.

  • Time Commitment: Your responsibilities will require an average of 20 hours per week.

  • Work Expectations: Your services will be required during the entire period of your appointment, with the exception of official University holidays.

Students interested in being considered for a departmental assistantship should submit their application by the early application deadline of January 15th for Fall Term. Departmental assistantships include both research and teaching responsibilities.

International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) who are non-native speakers of English are required to undergo an evaluation of their spoken English abilities by the Maryland English Institute. To be exempt from testing, the ITA must have achieved a score of 26 or higher on the speaking sub-section of the TOEFL, or a score of 8.0 or higher on the speaking sub-section of the IELTS. For more information about assistantships please visit the Graduate Catalog's Policies for Graduate Assistantships page.  

Fall/Spring Assistantship

Note: Most of our students receive both a Fall/Spring (9.5 month) assistantship and a summer research stipend. 

Step Stipend

Step 1

(1st year graduate students)

$19,077.63 / Fall & Spring

Step 2

(>2 year graduate students)

$19,503.04 / Fall & Spring

Step 3

(PhD students advanced to candidacy)

$20,714.64 / Fall & Spring

Summer Assistantship

Note: Most of our students receive both a Fall/Spring (9.5 month) assistantship and a summer research stipend. 

Step Stipend

Step 1

(1st year graduate students)

$6,358.97 / Summer

Step 2

(>2 year graduate students)

$6,500.15 / Summer

Step 3

(PhD students advanced to candidacy)

$6,905.46 / Summer

ANSC Department Scholarships

Rummel Scholarship: Awarded to one student with a demonstrated interest in conducting research in Avian Ethology. The recipient of the Rummel Scholarship will complete a research project directed by a faculty member within the ANSC Department. Students interested in applying for this scholarship should also include a proposal for the research project.