Committed to student support

Graduate school doesn't have to be an intimidating financial commitment. Wayne State offers more than $20 million a year in student support to help graduate students fund their education and pursue success.

Types of funding

Financial support can come in many forms and from various channels–individual departments within the university, merit-based scholarships, fellowships, need-based financial aid and an array of external sources. Be sure to check with your department for specific application information and unique opportunities in your field. Eligibility, enrollment and application requirements vary. The types of funding that the Graduate School can provide include the following.


Graduate assistantships are appointments made to students enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at Wayne State University. Appointments may be made for one, two or three semesters of the calendar year. Assistantships provide financial support in the form of part-time work for pay within the university setting and typically an academic department, and offer experience in teaching or other academic and scholarship areas. Learn more about the graduate assistantships at Wayne State.

Fellowships, scholarships and awards

These awards vary in dollar amount, duration of support and applicant requirements. Some Graduate School fellowships and scholarships provide funding to enhance productivity at specific junctures in your degree process, such as thesis/dissertation research support, the Rumble Fellowship, or travel awards. Others are specific to master's students or encourage diversity of incoming doctoral students. Special programs such as the King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship Program include unique mentoring and professional development components.  Explore our funding opportunities and see what's right for your situation.

Wayne State University's Scholarship Opportunities is another resource that allows admitted and current students to apply for a variety of scholarships available through their specific schools/colleges and the Office of Student Financial Aid all from a single place.

Funding and awards for faculty