Funding Your Degree
- University Sources of Funding
- External Sources of Funding
Research assistantships may be supported through externally funded grants to faculty to provide financial support towards a student’s graduate work and participation in the particular study. The level of funding may vary slightly from grant to grant. Some research grants may also partially or fully cover tuition. At present, tuition rate is reduced for students supported on research assistantships. Students should check with their major professor about potential grant supported research assistantships.
The School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science maintains a number of Research Assistantships available to qualified students. These are preferentially targeted to support doctoral students and at present provide $20,000 of stipend support. At present, tuition rate is reduced for students supported on research assistantships.
The School expects ALL Ph.D. students to be supported on research assistantships through research grant or School resources.
Qualified graduate students may apply for teaching assistantships to help support their graduate work. These typically require assisting in the teaching of two introductory labs or labs associated with specialized courses offered by their major professors each semester. At present, teaching assistants are paid $4375 per semester and are given reduced tuition. You must submit an Application for Graduate Assistantship with your Application for Admission. Frequently, nearly all qualified students in the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science not receiving research assistantship support are able to receive teaching assistantship support. This assistantship may be maintained for several semesters with acceptable progress and productivity in teaching assistant service.
Students seeking research assistantship or teaching assistantship support should request to be considered on the application to the program. They should also discuss this directly with their major professor or Graduate Programs Coordinator.
University Sources of Funding
The School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science is committed to providing funds and resources to support the graduate program and graduate students.
Established in 2009, the Jim Caudle Endowment Fund is used to provide scholarship support to students engaged in research activities within the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science. Complete the online application to be considered for this year's scholarship.
Students may work with their major professor and thesis/professional or dissertation committee to request modest support from the School to help support their research or professional activities. This may help support field or conference travel, SCMSS vessel time or miscellaneous materials and supplies as available funds allow. See the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science Graduate Programs Coordinator for the specific format for the proposal, justification and budget. Students are expected to follow all university policies regarding purchasing and reimbursement.
The School maintains a modest fund to help support students presenting their research at professional conferences or specialized training off campus. Formal requests for conference presentation support should be endorsed by their major professor and submitted to the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science Graduate Programs Coordinator at the beginning of the academic year.
The University Research Council (URC) offers Graduate Research Incentive Grants. The grants are competitive with two submission deadlines each academic year. Contact the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science Graduate Programs Coordinator for more information.
CCU students have found success applying to the following outside resources for support of graduate research and activities.
- The Slocum-Lunz Foundation provides grants only for students conducting research in marine science at Universities and Colleges in South Carolina. Preference is given to graduate students who are well into their research, but beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates will be considered. Awards are to be used for research and not for living expenses, books, travel to meetings, tuition or indirect costs. Grants usually do not exceed $1200.Proposals must be postmarked by March 15. Funding will be awarded to the home institution following annual Foundation meeting in late April. Please submit the proposal to: The Slocum-Lunz Foundation,C/O Wallace Jenkins, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 12559, Charleston, SC 29422-2559, Jenkinsw@dnr.sc.gov
- The Garden Club of America administers many grant and fellowship programs targeting graduate and undergraduate students, and of particular interest to SCMSS students is the award in Coastal Wetland Studies. http://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships-details.cfm?ScholarshipID=11
- The M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund awards annual grants to organizations whose work fulfills the mission and provisions of the Grant. The Grant is administered by Savannah Presbytery's M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund Committee, and its Coordinator, Lynn Garis. The Fund was established by Mr. M.K. Pentecost, Jr. for "the presbytery's ministry of environmental justice and ecological stewardship of natural resources including marine and wild life. The funds are to be used for promoting the support of conservation efforts, education, and studies in key environmental issues of endangered ecosystems and ecological projects which are approved by the presbytery."
- The South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society is seeking applications for its annual Phillip M. Fields Scholarship Award. The Society awards a $3,000 scholarship to the successful applicant. Scholarship funds may be used by the recipient to cover costs associated with education and research expenses. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as full time undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited college or university in the United States. Course work or research in an area related to the biology, ecology or management of aquatic plants in the Southeast is also required. http://www.scapms.org/scholarship.html
- The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects to increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man's relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment. http://www.padifoundation.org/
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores our nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds. The Foundation’s method is simple and effective: we work with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations to identify and fund the nation’s most intractable conservation challenges. http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/Pages/home.aspx