Support the Graduate College

We promote excellence in graduate education and foster a community of graduate faculty and student scholars characterized by diversity, opportunity, openness to new ideas, and the production of cutting-edge knowledge and creative activity. With more than 160 specialized graduate programs where students are inspired to rise to the challenge of excellence and innovation, our faculty and graduate student research, scholarship, and creative activities make an enduring positive impact on our community.

Support Graduate Students During COVID-19

Graduate Student Emergency Support Fund

The Graduate College's Graduate Student Emergency Support Fund provides emergency financial support for students who need help with basic needs, such as food and housing, as well as resources they need to complete their studies off-campus, such as loaner laptops and software licenses. These funds will assist us in providing more Emergency Retention Awards to support student needs, including those during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Thank you for your support of our graduate students during this challenging and ever-changing time.

To learn more about the Graduate College COVID-19 response, please visit our coronavirus update webpage.

Giving Opportunities

Your contribution provides invaluable resources to support our graduate students, expand their educational and professional opportunities, and change both their career paths and their lives. No matter where your passions or interests lie, the Graduate College works with a diverse array of more than 5,000 graduate and professional students from more than 160 areas of academic specialization.

Dean's Fund for Excellence

Empower the Graduate College with a gift at any level to address evolving student support and professional development program needs to support our students’ success and our Top Tier goals. With a gift of $1,000 or more each year, become a Dean's Associate, the inner-circle of Graduate College supporters, and help guide us as we take concrete steps toward achieving our Top Tier goals. With your gift at this level, you will also become part of the UNLV 1957 Society and receive special communications and invitations throughout the year.

Scarlet Loyal

Special for UNLV alumni, Scarlet Loyal recognizes those who make a gift of $100 or more each year to the fund of their choice. With your gift to the Graduate College at this level, you will become a Scarlet Loyal member and receive exclusive invitations. Give two consecutive years and you will join the UNLV Scarlet Streak Society.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Assist the Graduate College in offering a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships to help offset the cost of graduate education for students. A named scholarship can be established with a gift of $5,000 or more.

Community Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Financially support our best and brightest students so that they can focus on their studies and develop their professional skills. Organizations looking to accelerate research in their field can sponsor Community Graduate Research Assistantships (view an example). Organizations looking to promote professional development opportunities can sponsor Community Internship Graduate Assistantships ( view an example ) Please contact Liz Kahane, Director of Development, at 702-895-3429 or to discuss financial support for graduate assistantships.

Learn more about community graduate assistant opportunities

Grad Academy

The Grad Academy provides comprehensive leadership, career, and professional development opportunities to prospective and current graduate and professional students. Gifts supporting the Academy help fund four academic support certifications; six programs; and an array of workshops, trainings, and seminars all designed to cultivate specialized skill sets that prepare graduate students for employment as leaders in their fields.

Endow a Program or Scholarship

Take advantage of exciting and highly visible naming opportunities to more rapidly realize the Graduate College’s Top Tier aspirations and make a lasting impact on UNLV and Southern Nevada. Please contact Liz Kahane, Director of Development, at 702-895-3429 or

My passion as a social scientist is explaining human behavior and the emergent social order, but pursing one’s passion can be costly. Scholarships and fellowships reduced these costs, allowing me to immerse myself in my studies, distraction-free.

Matthew Martinez
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology