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Financial Assistance

The Department of Computer Science is committed to providing financial assistance for as many of our students as possible. Support is provided primarily in the form of scholarships, teaching assistantships (TAs), and research assistantships (RAs).

Teaching Assistantships

All doctoral students are eligible to be awarded teaching assistantships for up to four years, at a rate of $26,000 for 12 months, so long as their past performance is adequate. The remaining teaching assistantships are awarded to master's students on a competitive basis with preference given to students taking the thesis option. Currently enrolled students with good academic records plus a history of good past performance as a TA or RA are given preference over incoming students. However, outstanding incoming students also have a good chance to obtain teaching assistantships.

Teaching assistantships require proficiency in English communication, speaking and writing as well as listening and reading. All international applicants will be required to attend the International Teaching Assistant Workshop before appointment.

Any necessary academic leveling must be completed in order to be eligible to compete for appointments supported from departmental resources.

Research Assistantships

The number of research assistantships varies with the needs and funding of the department's research program. RA appointments support research that is performed in connection with externally-funded grants or contracts. The individual faculty member who has won the research grant controls the associated research assistantships. In general, preference is given first to doctoral students and second to master's students who are taking the thesis option.


The Graduate School offers several scholarships each year to outstanding graduate students.

Department of Computer Science