Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS)

The Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) award helps to cover the remaining cost of in-state tuition for graduate students who are receiving external fellowships in support of their thesis or dissertation research that do not include full tuition support. Typically, students will be enrolling for three credits of thesis/dissertation only.

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Eligibility

You are eligible if you meet the requirements for both student eligibility and award eligibility.

Student Eligibility:

If you received a Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) in the past, you may apply again.

You are not eligible if you are a student in a distance-education or certificate program.

Fellowship Award Eligibility:

Only certain types of external fellowhips can apply towards your eligibility for the GTIS.

What can apply towards the GTIS:

Examples of some eligible external fellowships include:

What cannot apply towards the GTIS:

Examples of awards that are ineligible for GTIS support include:

An eligible external award stipend should be:

In certain cases, we may be able to count an award that is otherwise eligible but has a smaller stipend, depending on available funding.

Award Amount

The GTIS award varies and will cover up to the cost of your in-state tuition. The amount that we can offer you depends on how much funding we have available. Your graduate program must be willing to provide tuition remission for you if you are not an in-state resident for the period of the GTIS award. Student fees will remain your responsibility.

Stipend No
Tuition Varies, up to full in-state tuition* (Departments must be willing to provide tuition remission for out-of-state students)
Fees No
Health insurance Varies; Depending on your award, GTIS may cover the cost of the mandatory Student Blue insurance plan. GTIS will not provide reimbursement for other insurance plans.
Length of support One semester or one academic year
RA/TA position No

*Students who are ABD are eligible to receive in-state tuition support for 3 credit hours of dissertation completion (994) only.

Depending on funding, this award may change from year to year.

Nomination

There is no limit on how many students each department can nominate per year.

Deadline

The nomination deadline for the fall semester is in late September.
The nomination deadline for the spring semester is in late January.

Deadlines are posted on the funding deadlines calendar. Deadlines will be posted in the summer. The award will only be offered if funding is available.

You may ask for a GTIS pre-determination outside of the application window in certain circumstances. Please contact gradfunding@unc.edu for more information. You will need to submit a copy of your award letter.

You (and your department) should not assume you will receive a GTIS award, even if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Funding is limited and awards are dependent of the number of applicants.

How to Apply

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  1. Please check with your department for their internal deadline. You must complete your application early enough for your department to nominate you to The Graduate School by the deadline.
  2. We accept applications for either one semester or one academic year.
    • If your external award covers two semesters in the same academic year, submit only one application for both fall and spring semesters.
    • If your award covers more than one academic year (a multi-year fellowship/award), submit a new application for each year. Unfortunately, because our funds vary each year, we cannot guarantee funding from year to year
  3. With your application, you must submit a copy of the award letter that includes:
    1. Terms and conditions of the award
    2. Award amount
    3. Award period (start and end dates)
    4. Agency contact information
    5. Any other relevant information
  4. Complete the Graduate School Award Online Application.

    View Frequently Asked Questions about the online award application.

  5. The fellowship and award approver for your department will receive an email notifying them that you submitted your application.
  6. Once you have completed your application, your department must approve your application. If your department approves your application, they must nominate it to The Graduate School by the deadline.
  7. We will notify you as soon as possible. Be sure to include the required documentation. Otherwise, we may be delayed in reviewing your application.

Award Conditions

Contact Us

Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu