Assistantships

For funding consideration, an Assistantship/Fellowship Application must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator (diane.nelson@unl.edu) by April 15 for Fall Semester or November 15 for Spring Semester.  NOTE TO NEW APPLICANTS: The assistantship application is separate from the online application for graduate admission.

The Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences offers both Research Assistantships (RA) and Teaching Assistantships (TA). These assistantships may be funded from state or federal appropriations or from grants received from numerous state, federal, or private granting agencies. The source of funding does not affect administration of the assistantship because the amount of stipend and guidelines are applied equally to all. Graduate students who accept an assistantship are considered employees of the department and receive a monthly salary. The number of hours of work required is usually established at 15 or 20 hours/week, and students agree not to work more than 20 hours/week at all employment positions combined. Tuition is waived for graduate assistantships of 14 hours/week and greater. While it is possible to have a 10-hour/week assistantship, students must pay tuition at this level.

Other important considerations regarding graduate assistantships:

  • Students must register for at least 1 credit hour when holding an assistantship. To avoid FICA (Social Security) and Medicare withholding, students must register for at least 4 credit hours.
  • Maximum registration is 12 credit hours/semester for assistantships of 15 hours/week and greater.
  • Students holding a 20-hour assistantship during the academic year are eligible for summer tuition remission of up to 6 credit hours.

Graduate students awarded a fellowship are not considered employees of the department and must pay their own tuition. Department fellowships generally range from $1000 to $3000 per semester. Students holding a graduate fellowship must register as full-time students (9-15 credit hours/semester).  If a student holds both an assistantship and fellowship, the maximum registration is 12 credit hours/semester. PhD and MS with Thesis students in their last semester of graduate study may request less than full-time registration by submitting a Certification of Full-Time Graduate Status to the Office of Graduate Studies (students in the MS without Thesis specializations are not eligible).

Information about university-wide fellowships is also available from the Office of Graduate Studies.