Graduate students generally receive their financial assistance in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships and/or fellowships. Because of the national and international reputation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the type of training available in our department, some students are able to arrange support from their governments, industrial employers or foundations. Students admitted to the graduate program are guaranteed financial support from the department in the form of a research assistantship. This support will continue as long as the student maintains satisfactory progress toward their degree. All students are required to participate in undergraduate teaching during part of their time here. Teaching assistantships provide valuable experience to students wishing to pursue academic careers or polish their communication skills.
The department is grateful for generous financial support from many sources to assist first year research funding. Support at this critical stage assists the department in the recruitment and retention of top students to the graduate program. In addition to many individual contributors, industrial supporters of the graduate program include these corporations:
- Air Products Foundation
- CITGO Petroleum Corporation
- Dow Chemical Company Foundation
- Proctor & Gamble
- Union Pacific Corporation
Outstanding U.S. students are encouraged to apply for national fellowships such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Hertz Foundation Fellowship, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, U.S. DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship.