The primary means of support for EEB graduate students is by appointment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Research Assistant (RA). With the salary supplement The Department of Integrative Biology provides, the annual pay rate for pre-candidacy graduate students is $25,000 ($2083 per month), and $26,000 ($2166 per month) for post-candidacy graduate students. Appointments are from September 1 - January 15 for the fall, January 16 - May 31 for the spring, and June 1 - August 31 for summer, with no break in pay. This salary is highly competitive with our peer institutions, many of which are in locations with much higher costs of living.
A number of exceptional students are awarded University Fellowships. These students are nominated by the EEB Graduate Program. Nominees are chosen from among the pool of applicants.
Research Assistants are supported by research grants of individual faculty members. Arrangements must be made directly with a faculty member. It is an EEB policy that the employing faculty member pays the tuition and fees of any EEB student who they appoint as a Research Assistant.
The EEB Graduate Program offers a minimum of five years of financial support to students who are admitted to the program. At a minimum, the support is in the form of TAships for each of the two long semesters (a total of 9 months per year). A smaller number of summer TAships are also available. The program is usually able to support students longer than five years. The University limits graduate students to 14 (long) semesters of support as a Research Assistant or a Teaching Assistant.
The EEB Graduate Program expects to have a number of its students supported as National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellows. This is a prestigious but highly competitive program that gives students tremendous freedom to pursue their own research interests. EEB applicants are urged to consider applying for NSF Graduate Fellowships. We encourage all students and applicants to discuss the contents and style of thier NSF GRF application with thier mentor.
Training grants are also available through the Biomedical Big Data Training program: https://stat.utexas.edu/biomedical-big-data-training-grant
Fellowships and Research Grants
The EEB Graduate Program holds a large endowment generating funds for fellowships to support student research and travel. Fellowships are intended for the student’s personal expenses. The factors considered in awarding these fellowships are rate of progress in graduate school, academic and research achievement, and scientific promise.
Travel fellowships are available for student travel to professional meetings to defray travel and lodging expenses.
Research awards to EEB students are intended to defray research expenses. This may include travel (including food and lodging), equipment, supplies, etc. The purpose of the travel may be to make field observations or use resources not available at UT Austin, to learn new techniques, or to make preliminary observations for development of a dissertation.
Tuition and Fees
Graduate students supported as Teaching Assistants, or Graduate Research Assistants are expected to apply on-line for a tuition waiver from the University. After the tuition assistance is applied any, unwaived portion of the tuition is covered by the Department of Integrative Biology.
The University of Texas provides excellent health insurance for its employees, including Teaching Assistants and Graduate Research Assistants. The University pays for about half the cost for dependents, who may be added to the staff insurance. The Student Health Center on campus provides general medical care (e.g., outpatient visit, travel vaccinations) for free or for a nominal fee. Those students on fellowship will be eligible for the student health insurance plan, which is a gold standard plan.