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Graduate Assistantships

Students in graduate-level programs who carry at least six semester hours of graduate credits may be eligible to fill a graduate assistant position. Both a financial opportunity and an invaluable professional experience, a graduate assistantship is a highly sought-after position. Visit the graduate assistantship webpage for details on benefits, duties, contracts, and application procedures.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Explore grants, loans, and employment opportunities designed to help fund your graduate education.

Graduate Fellowships & Scholarships

Apply for a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships through the Grad Rebel Gateway. The awards listed below are available for the 2021-2022 academic year unless otherwise specified. 

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General Information and Guidelines

  • Each fellowship/scholarship has a specific application timeline. See details under each award. The awards listed below are available for the 2021-2022 academic year unless otherwise specified.
  • Most scholarships and fellowships are awarded for two semesters unless otherwise specified.
  • Recipients must remain in good standing in your degree program and enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits (unless indicated differently) in each semester of the scholarship/fellowship year in order to be eligible for an award.
  • Scholarships and fellowships are open to all students regardless of immigration status.
  • All awards are subject to funding; award amounts change annually. Final award packages/amounts will be noted on award letters to recipients.
  • See a list of current and previous fellowship winners.

Required Application Materials

  • All applicants must submit a free application through the Grad Rebel Gateway.
  • Each applicant must upload the following as part of their application:
    • Curriculum vitae/resume (C.V.)
    • Statement of purpose (maximum 2-3 double spaced pages).
    • Full contact information for at least one recommendation provider in the recommendation page of the application. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the Grad Rebel Gateway no later than two weeks after the posted application deadline.
  • Failure to submit all required information and materials by the posted deadline will render you ineligible for scholarship/fellowship consideration.
  • Please read each award description below for specific/additional requirements and eligibility.
  • Please view the Rubrics.

Please note that the list below does not include all scholarships/fellowships available at UNLV. Check with your school/college for additional opportunities.

Donald Carns Scholarship

(worth $980)

The Donald Carn Scholarship was established to honor the contributions made by Professor Donald Carns, an accomplished scholar who helped establish the Department of Sociology at UNLV. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students admitted into a graduate degree-seeking program at UNLV. Preference is given to students who have a demonstrated need.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted degree-seeking graduate student
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

Dr. Gregg Schraw Scholarship

(worth $1,000.00)

The Dr. Gregg Schraw Scholarship was established to honor the contributions made by Dr. Gregg Schraw and provides financial support for graduate students.

Gregg Schraw was a full professor in UNLV’s Department of Educational Psychology from 2000 until his passing in 2016. In addition to being a stunningly prolific author of journal articles, books, and book chapters and frequent editorial-board member for the top-tier, peer-reviewed journals in the field of educational psychology, Dr. Schraw was an uncommonly supportive and remarkably effective mentor to doctoral candidates at UNLV and other institutions. As both a researcher and a master teacher of other researchers, Dr. Schraw was an asset of inestimable worth to his academic field, to UNLV, and to every student he taught or mentored. Dr. Schraw’s impact on his field and the many scholars--both established and budding--with whom he interacted is described powerfully in McCrudden, M.T. (2016). Remembering Gregg Schraw. Educational Psychology Review, 28(4), 673-690, which can be read here.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline.
  • Be a doctoral student at UNLV. Preference will be given to students in:
    • Biological Sciences (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology concentration only)
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering (Environmental and Water Resources concentrations only)
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Educational Psychology
    • Experimental Psychology
    • Higher Education
    • Learning Sciences
    • Public Health (Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentrations only)
    • Special Education
    • Teacher Education
  • Must be alumni from one or more of the federally funded, campus-based projects housed within UNLV's Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). These projects currently include:
    • Title III Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions
    • National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
    • TIRO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute
    • TRIO Student Support Services

(Applicant will provide a letter of participation from UNLV CAEO as part of their application packet)

  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

Community Impact Graduate Student Scholarship

(worth approx. $1,200)

The purpose of the Community Impact Graduate Student Scholarship is to support UNLV’s best and brightest graduate students. This Scholarship is funded by generous donors with the goal of supporting graduate students at UNLV.

Applicants must:

  • Be admitted as a degree-seeking student to a UNLV master’s or doctoral degree program.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 4.0.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.
  • Preference for graduate students who are currently participating in Professional Development Academy programs

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship

(worth $490)

The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of UNLV alumna Janine Lee JD'16 (read her tribute). The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding UNLV masters or doctoral student. Preference will be given to students who are native to Nevada and are adult learners/single parents (If no Native Nevadans qualify, preference will also be given to students from California or Pennsylvania).

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline.
  • Be admitted into a graduate degree seeking program.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship

(worth $4,000)

McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships, administered by the Graduate College, are awarded in open competition to first-year graduate students who participated in a McNair Scholars program at UNLV or at another institution as an undergraduate.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and be newly admitted to a graduate degree seeking program at the time the scholarship begins (fall 2021).
  • Upload a certification of McNair program participation letter.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Aug. 1

Moretti Family Scholarship

(worth approx. $2,375)

The purpose of the Moretti Family Scholarship is to help the next generation of practitioners who will support those with learning differences. The Scholarship provides funding for graduate students at UNLV with an interest in supporting those with learning differences or special education needs.

To be eligible for the Moretti Family Scholarship, student(s) must meet the following criteria:

  • Student(s) must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Students(s) must remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of six graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year
  • Student(s) must be admitted into a graduate degree-seeking program at either the masters or doctoral level.
  • Student(s) must have the goal of supporting those in the Southern Nevada community with learning differences and/or special educational needs and be pursuing graduate education in support of this goal, which will be outlined in the applicant's statement of purpose submitted to be considered for the Scholarship.

Moretti Family Scholars will be invited to meet with the Head of School at New Horizons Academy and tour the campus to learn more about work in the Las Vegas community supporting those with learning differences.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

School of Public Policy and Leadership Travel Award

(worth $470)

The School of Public Policy and Leadership Travel Award provides funding for students presenting at conferences or doing professional development. To be eligible for the Award, applicants must be a doctoral student in the Public Affairs program or a master’s student in the Public Administration program with an interest in continuing their graduate education

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted master’s student in Public Administration or a doctoral student in Public Affairs.

Note: Statement of purpose should describe how the travel funds will be used if awarded.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

Tina Kunzer-Murphy Scholarship

(Package worth $1,000)

The Tina Kunzer-Murphy scholarship was created in honor of Tina’s service to UNLV. This award is in support of a UNLV alumna who played on a women’s athletic team and is now pursuing a master’s degree.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) by the deadline
  • Be admitted into a master’s degree-seeking program
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (incoming grad students must have a minimum undergrad GPA of 3.0).
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Preference will be given to:

  • Students who are native of Southern Nevada and graduated from a Clark County School District High School
  • Students who played on a women's UNLV athletic team while pursuing their undergraduate degree

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Dec. 1

UNLV Graduate Access Childcare Scholarship

($150 - $2,500 depending on documented need and expenses)

The Graduate Student Access Childcare Scholarship program for academic year 2021-2022 is available in an effort to offer competitive, need-based scholarship funding to admitted/enrolled graduate students with young dependents and have documented financial need. This scholarship is available on a highly competitive basis to graduate students with child dependents who pay for professional daycare or childcare in order to attend graduate school and pursue their graduate research.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see Required Application Materials section above) at any point throughout the year (there is no deadline for this scholarship).
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline (international students are exempt from FAFSA).
  • Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of at 3.3.
  • Submit documentation that provides a Tax ID # for the childcare provider(s) and receipts showing the cost of childcare during academic semesters.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Those who have all the proper documentation submitted by the deadline will be considered for a Childcare Scholarship; available childcare scholarship monies will then be distributed competitively based on financial need, childcare expenses, and graduate student GPA.

Application open: Oct. 1

Application deadline: Aug. 1

Our Pay It Forward Pledge

Awards like the ones above would not be possible without the philanthropic support of donors who believe in the value of graduate education to change lives and address complex challenges to make the world a better place. To honor these donors and build on their philanthropic example, we ask all scholarship, fellowship, and award recipients, when they're in the position to do so, to consider making a philanthropic contribution to support future students.

"I came to UNLV in 2017 and since then I have discovered a second home. The diversity on campus is welcoming, and the faculty and staff are genuinely interested in my success as a student. I have benefitted from several scholarships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships that have made my Ph.D. journey less stressful. I would love to pay it forward. I look forward to a day in the near future when I would be able to contribute to the Graduate College fund that supports scholarships for students. To this, I am committed."

John Olawepo
Ph.D. Candidate, Public Health
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