Elevating Graduate Education

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Our ongoing initiative to elevate graduate education will help produce even more UGA alumni with the advanced skills that are in high demand in today’s knowledge economy.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked UGA among the nation’s top 25 public universities for the number of doctoral degrees it awards, underscoring our growing national stature as a leading research institution. To build on this success, we’re launching new fellowship programs, funding opportunities and professional development programs to help this institution attract graduate students who will play a critical role in advancing discovery and innovation.

Later this semester we’ll announce the first ever cohort of elite doctoral students to be named GREAT Fellows. This highly competitive fellowship (formally known as the Georgia Research Education Award Traineeship) provides an annual compensation of $27,000 and a tuition waiver to 10 doctoral students at UGA who will work with our faculty to conduct high-impact research in the university's Signature Research Themes of Inquiring and Innovating to Improve Human Health; Safeguarding and Sustaining Our World; and Changing Lives through the Land-Grant Mission. To further increase the number of doctoral students at UGA, we’ve expanded a Voluntary Incentive Program that offers matching funds for doctoral research assistants when faculty members receive grants or contracts that pay the cost of tuition for graduate research assistants.

At the master’s level, the Georgia Impact Now fellows program, or GAIN Fellowship, provides $20,000 and a tuition waiver to 10 elite master’s students pursuing degrees in fields that are critical to Georgia's economic vitality.

In addition to launching new fellowship programs, we’re stepping up the support that faculty members receive as they apply for training grants that open doors of opportunity for graduate students while also elevating the profile our programs. Karen Young recently joined the Graduate School as the university’s first training grants coordinator, and she works with faculty and grants coordinators across campus to identify funding sources and to facilitate the submission of training grants.

The majority of today’s graduate students pursue careers in industry, nonprofits and other non-academic career tracks, which is why the Graduate School is working to expand professional development opportunities that impart broad-based skills in areas such as communication and leadership that span disciplines.

The dramatic rise in research activity at the University of Georgia over the past two years is helping attract students from across Georgia and around the world to study and conduct research under the mentorship of our extraordinary faculty. Our graduate programs continue to evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of our students, who will be well-positioned for success thanks to the education they receive on our campuses.