Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS)

The Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) award helps to cover tuition, fee and health insurance costs for graduate students who receive external fellowships in support of their thesis or dissertation research that do not include cost-of-education support. Typically, students will be enrolling for three credits of thesis/dissertation only.

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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.

Fellowship Award Eligibility:

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

What can apply towards the GTIS:

What cannot apply towards the GTIS:

Award Amount

A Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship covers up to the cost of your in-state tuition, fees, and health insurance (StudentBlue, the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program or GeoBlue). 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.

*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.


Departmental nomination is not required for GTIS consideration. Students should apply directly.


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.

How to Apply

View Frequently Asked Questions about the online award application.

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  1. 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), you must submit a new application for each year because our funds vary each year, and we cannot guarantee funding from year to year
  2. 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
  3. The fellowship and award approver for your department will receive an email notifying them that you submitted your application.
  4. We will notify you as soon as possible. Be sure to include the required documentation.

Award Conditions

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Graduate School Fellowships Office