Funding opportunities for Human Ecology graduate students are available and made possible, in large part, by generous donations to SoHE. Every year, these funds are used to fund assistantships, award academic excellence scholarships, and provide students doing their masters or doctoral research or final MFA project with conference travel scholarships and graduate research scholarships.

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The Robin's Nest at UW School of Human ResourcesAssistantships

Assistantships are the primary means of support for our graduate students. Appointments that are one-third time (33.3%) or higher include a monthly stipend, full tuition remission, and other benefits. There are three types of appointments:

  1. Teaching Assistantships (TA) have teaching and related responsibilities under the supervision of a faculty member or instructor. TAs are awarded by the department. Students should contact their advisor and their department’s Graduate Program Chair to indicate their interest.
  2. Project Assistantships (PA) or program assistants are assigned to conduct research, training, administrative responsibilities or other academic projects under the supervision of faculty or academic staff. Most PAs are hired by faculty who have funded projects. Students should contact their advisor and their department’s Graduate Program Chair to indicate their interest.
  3. Research Assistantships (RA) is a full-time graduate student engaged in research, which is primarily for the benefit of the student’s course of study or research. A student holding an RA performs research that is directly applicable to the individual’s thesis or dissertation. RAs may be awarded by faculty or academic staff with funded projects. (Please note, if a student is conducting the professor’s research, a PA is the appropriate appointment.)

The UW Graduate School offers several fellowship opportunities for graduate students, including the following:

  • University Fellowships are offered to incoming graduate students on a competitive basis. These fellowships may be for nine or twelve months, and include full tuition remission, segregated fees, fringe benefits, a Vilas Welcome Week Award, and a monthly stipend. Graduate applicants are nominated by their departments – students do not apply directly.
  • Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are for incoming graduate students. Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOFs) include full tuition remission, segregated fees, eligibility for health insurance, a Vilas Welcome Week Award, and a monthly stipend. School of Human Ecology AOF students participate in the SoHE Graduate Research Scholars (SoHE GRS) community. The SoHE GRS community strives to provide AOF graduate students with ample opportunities and support to meet their challenging and inspiring goals. Graduate applicants are nominated for AOFs by their departments – students do not apply directly. AOFs are available to students who are United States citizens or permanent residents, and to whom the following criteria apply:
  • Targeted under-represented students:
      • African American or Black
      • American Indian or Alaskan Native
      • Hispanic/Latino
      • Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong
      • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
      • OR Economically disadvantaged students
        • First-generation college-bound Wisconsin residents who participated in one of the following TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, Student Support Services
        • First generation college-bound Wisconsin residents who graduated from the PEOPLE Program
        • UW-Madison Bachelor’s degree recipients who were in the FASTrack or BANNER program
        • McNair students: students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Scholarships are awards for current students that are applied directly to the student’s financial account and do not typically include tuition remission or other benefits.

Departmental Scholarships for Academic Excellence are SoHE department-awarded scholarships to incoming or continuing graduate students each year on a competitive basis. The departments select scholarship recipients, unless students are otherwise notified to apply

Professional Development Resources
Issue-Specific Centers & Projects
  • Human Ecology is home to a growing number of centers and projects. Each share the School’s mission of improving the quality of human life through research, education, and engagement. Centers focus on financial security, design, nonprofits and civil society, and much more.
  • UW-Madison Centers. Links to all of UW-Madison’ research centers, from the Institute On Aging to the Center for World Affairs & the Global Economy.
Campus Resources for Professional Development
SoHE Resources for Professional Development in Teaching and Research