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Ecology, Evolution and Behavior PhD students are guaranteed five years of financial support paid in the form of Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or Fellowships. The current yearly stipend is $27,540 ($2295/month for 12 months). Appointments are from September 1 - January 15 for fall, January 16 - May 31 for spring, and June 1 - August 31 for summer.  This salary is highly competitive with our peer institutions, many of which are in locations with much higher costs of living. 

Tuition and Fees

During the five years of guaranteed support, tuition is covered in full by your TA, GRA or fellowship. Non-Texas residents will be required to complete a tuition wavier every semester.  Tuition only covers 9 hours of course work in the fall and spring semesters, 3 hours in the summer. Any additional hours taken will be covered by the student.

Health Benefits

The University of Texas provides excellent health insurance for its employees, incuding 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.

Fellowships for Research and Travel Support

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior has a fellowship competition for research and travel support each spring. The Startup Grant (up to $2,000) is for those who are just starting their PhD research. The IB DDIG (up to $8,000) is for those who are in candidacy. Travel Awards (up to $2,000) is for travel to meetings to present, or to attend a conference or workshop.