Assistantships and Funding

Student presentingFunding options for graduate students at LSU include assistantships, fellowships, and travel awards. Students seeking funding of any type are encouraged to contact their respective academic department first. More than 2,000 Graduate Assistantships are awarded annually at LSU in over 70 academic departments and administrative units.

Most fellowship programs are offered through individual departments, including the Board of Regents Fellowship. All require full-time enrollment (9 credit hours in fall/spring, 6 credit hours in summer) unless otherwise specified. The Graduate School offers a competitive Dissertation Fellowship. Students can also apply for external fellowships administered by a variety of governmental and disciplinary organizations. The Office of Sponsored Programs offers advice and support in acquisition and administration of external funding, grant writing reference materials, and sample proposals.

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program offers funding, research, and professional development opportunities for doctoral candidates in the natural, physical, or behavioral sciences working on biomedical research.