Temple provides financial support in the form of assistantships, externships, fellowships and internships. Assistantships, externships and internships are awarded through departments based on need and fit. Interested applicants should consult with advisors or department chairpersons about the application process for their desired position.

Endowed scholarships, awards and prize funds may also be available to graduate students at Temple University. These are determined at the school and college level. To determine availability, contact the school or college to which you are applying.


Various fellowships are awarded through Temple’s Graduate School each February to students newly admitted for the fall term. To be nominated by their department, students must have exceptional academic records. Fellows receive support, including a stipend and tuition, for a minimum of four years as a doctoral student, with shorter terms for those enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts degree program.

During the period of support provided by the Graduate School, fellows perform no service. During the years that support is provided by the department, fellows are required to perform up to 20 hours of service per week as a research or teaching assistant.

Doctoral and Master of Fine Arts applicants interested in being nominated for a fellowship are encouraged to submit their application and supporting materials to their program of interest early, but no later than Dec. 15. They should also contact the department of application to request consideration as a fellowship nominee.

Temple offers the following two fellowship opportunities for graduate students.

Assistantships, Externships and Internships

Assistantships, externships and internships include the following opportunities.

First Summers Research Initiative

The First Summers Research Initiative is a competition for summer research awards for domestic doctoral students at Temple University who are traditionally underrepresented in their fields of study. These awards provide eligible students with funding for the pursuit of research activity in the first, second and/or third summers of their graduate studies. The award is valued at $6,000, if funding is available. Applicants can apply each summer until they achieve candidacy, although preference is given to first-time applicants. The application is due annually in March. Refer to the Graduate School calendar for the specific due date.

University Grants

The Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant and Master of Fine Arts Project Completion Grant offer significant financial support to promising students who want to accelerate completion of their degree. Applicants apply for the award as their final term approaches. The award allows students to devote themselves full time to the completion of their dissertation or master’s project.

These grants are awarded once during the fall, spring, and summer terms. An application must be submitted by the student and the department. When applying, applicants must acknowledge that, if selected as an award recipient, they become ineligible during both the period of award and beyond for any other funding from Temple University, including as a teaching assistant, research assistant, academic intern, graduate extern, student worker, adjunct faculty, or non-tenure track faculty.

Nominations are due to the Graduate School in October each year for the upcoming spring term and in March for the following summer or fall term, if funding is available. Refer to the Graduate School calendar for specific nomination due dates.