Graduate Recruitment Funding Programs


The College of Education, in partnership with the Graduate School, has created a new program of support for up to seven doctoral students in the field of Education. The support will take the form of graduate assistantships known as Dean’s Graduate Assistantships for Engaged Scholarship and Research in Education.

The program is designed to support the highest quality students applying for admission to our doctoral programs. All of our graduate programs will be eligible to nominate students and the selection will be made the Committee for Graduate Studies and Research Policy. Each Dean’s Graduate Assistant chosen will receive four years of funding.

Criteria for Dean's Graduate Assistantship
Dean's Graduate Assistantship Nomination Form
Frequently Asked Questions


Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards Program - Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards are generally assistantships granted to incoming students as part of the University's comprehensive educational opportunity program. The graduate admission application serves as the Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards application. Students must be nominated by their program in the Graduate Recruitment Administrative Tracking system within GRADS. The Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards Program competition is open to incoming graduate degree candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications will be evaluated on scholarly promise and upon receiving a commitment from the student's graduate major program to support the student.

Bunton-Waller Guidelines


The Robert W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship was created to assist in the recruitment of outstanding students considering enrolling at Penn State. The funds will provide supplementation awards to incoming students who have been given assistantships, departmental fellowships or who are recipients of external awards. Award offers are typically one one year; however, colleges may extend two-year offers to outstanding students. Students who have been awarded University Graduate Fellowships (UGF) are NOT eligible.

Graham Fellowship Guidelines