Internal Funding Resources

The Office of Graduate Education has a pool of funds available to help Mason graduate students earn their degrees and conduct research.

Funding comes from such sources as the Office of the Provost, academic departments, and faculty grants.

  • High Impact Grants (closed): These competitive grants are a new funding opportunity for master’s and doctoral students. They provide tuition support for graduate students’ courses that significantly enhance training and education and/or satisfy credit-bearing requirements towards completion of the graduate degree. Email us for more information about High Impact Grants
  • Doctoral Research Scholars (opening February 15, 2023): These competitive assistantships are a new funding opportunity for full-time or part-time doctoral students, who have completed a minimum of 48 credits of coursework. They provide support for graduate students to advance their research to progress in 998 or 999 requirements towards completion of their degree. Email us for more information about the Doctoral Research assistantship.  
  • Summer Research Fellowships (opening December 5, 2022): These fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing them to devote significant time to their dissertation or thesis research. The award fosters greater professional productivity and assists in timely degree completion. Email us for more information about the Summer Research Fellowships. APPLY NOW.
  • Graduate Student Travel Fund (open year round): This fund helps cover the costs of doctoral and master’s students attendance at and participation in professional conferences. *Due to the impact of COVID-19, at this time, the GSTF is only able to provide support for conference registration fees for students who are presenting at professional conferences. The maximum GSTF support for conference registration will be $450. Proof of payment and attendance is required. Additionally, all GSTF reimbursement requests and associated paperwork should be submitted via email. Please be sure to include a signed GSTF Reimbursement Request Form. 
  • Graduate Inclusion & Access Scholarship (opening September 15, 2022): Open to new, doctoral program applicants for Fall 2023. This scholarship supports the growth and development of an inclusive graduate community at George Mason University. An inclusive graduate student community is an essential strength of George Mason University. This scholarship, awarded on a competitive basis, is available to doctoral students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups in their respective fields of graduate study. For eligibility and selection criteria, as well as information on current scholars, please see the Graduate Inclusion and Access Scholarship page. For eligibility and selection criteria, as well as information on current scholars, please see the Graduate Inclusion and Access Scholarship page.


Note: The Office of Student Financial Aid may direct the non-need-based awards toward lowering your loans, reducing the amount of money you will borrow. For more information about how a non-need-based award may affect your financial aid package, contact the Financial Aid office at 703-993-2000.