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Graduate Studies Financial Aid/Fellowships & Scholarships


The College of Communication & Information supports graduate students with multiple funding sources. Unfortunately the funds available never meet the needs of all graduate students.

A limited number of assistantships and associateships are available to graduate students. These assistantships/associateships provide competitive stipends and tuition waivers (in-state and out-of-state). On some occasions, assistantship/associateship opportunities arise in other branches of the university. Students are advised of these opportunities whenever they arise.

Graduate assistantships/associateships are normally renewable for up to two years for master’s students and three years for doctoral students subject to the student maintaining a 3.3 grade point average or higher on graduate coursework and satisfactory performance in the requirements of the job.

More detailed information regarding the nature of graduate assistantships, graduate research assistants graduate teaching assistants graduate teaching associates is available in the Graduate Studies Handbook.

Applications for assistantship/associateship positions within the college must be received no later than January 15 for the following academic year. Requests for renewal of assistantship/associateship positions must also be submitted by January 15. Every effort will be made to notify assistantship applicants of the final decisions in this regard by April 15.

You can apply or renew an assistant/associate application using one of the following forms:

  1. Online application
  2. PDF application (fillable)

For more information about assistantships within the college, contact:

Margaret Taylor
Administrative Specialist for the Associate Dean for Academic Programs

College Fellowships and Scholarships

Applicants also may apply for certain other fellowships and scholarships, which do not include remission of fees.

The application for college graduate scholarships is due February 1.

Names of scholarship and fellowship recipients are announced at the college’s annual convocation in April.

You can apply for a CCI graduate scholarship/fellowship using one of the following forms:

  1. Online application
  2. PDF application (fillable)

Students should also check with their individual schools regarding funding opportunities.

University Fellowships and Scholarships

The university also funds several scholarships for graduate students. For further information, visit the Graduate School online or contact

UT Graduate School
The University of Tennessee
111 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-2475

Other Funding Sources

Loans and Work Study

For information on loans and the work-study program, contact the

One Stop Office
(865) 974-1111

Graduate students are eligible to apply for the student work-study program. Work-study is considered a form of financial aid, although it is not a loan and it is not subject to repayment. Full-time students should not attempt to work more than 20 hours per week. Part-time students should not attempt to take more than six hours of coursework per semester.

Employment Opportunities

Knoxville is a media-rich city and also has many other types of organizations that hire communication and information professionals. Some graduate students find part-time employment in the local community. Those without professional experience are especially encouraged to gain experience through internships and/or part-time employment in communication and information-related organizations.

Some doctoral students succeed in obtaining part-time teaching positions at nearby community colleges, private universities, and other higher-education institutions. This is a valuable source of teaching experience for doctoral students who do not have teaching assistant/associate positions.

Contact Information

Virginia Kupritz, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Director of Graduate Studies

Margaret Taylor
Administrative Specialist for the Associate Dean for Academic Programs