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Funding and Support

The financial information below provides a listing of the categories of financial help which may be available to graduate students. However, in many instances specific sources of assistance are available only at certain times of the year and require application with a deadline enforced.

With respect to campus-based aid (special non-resident waivers, loans, and college work study), applications should be made the January preceding the fall/spring semester for which aid is desired.

To obtain specific details about a particular type of financial assistance and to learn about options for graduate students, contact:

Financial Aid Office

Idaho State University

Room 337, Museum Building, Campus Box 8077

Pocatello, ID 83209-8077

(208) 282-2756

Conference and Research Travel Grants

The Graduate School is able to provide limited funding opportunities to graduate students to present research. To apply for funding submit a request using this link. Before you apply, be sure to have information about your travel plans handy. You will also be asked to provide a Plan of Work indicating how you plan to spend your time during your research travel. 

The Graduate School meets to review applications once a month at the beginning of each month, and awards will be issued by the 10th of each month.  If your application for support is not received before the 1st of the month, it will be evaluated at the beginning of the following month.  If you have any questions regarding Conference and Research Travel support, please contact the Graduate School directly at 208.282.2150 or

Thesis and Dissertation Research Costs

Academic departments ordinarily are expected to meet at least some of the costs of thesis and dissertation research.

In some instances, such costs may be met by extramural funds obtained by faculty and/or departments.

With the exception of the small research grant program listed below, the Office of Research does not provide funds for such purposes and will refer students to the department chair or dean of the college when such requests occur. Publication costs of theses and dissertations are met by the student unless a faculty member or department chooses to pay such costs with funds available to them.

Assistantships and Fellowships

All assistantships and fellowships are awarded at the departmental or college level (for example, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy). Requests for consideration of these awards should be directed to the department chair or graduate program director of a specific academic unit.

Most assistantships and fellowships are awarded on an academic-year basis. These awards are made in mid-semester in the spring for the following academic year.

To ensure consideration, a request for such financial support should be made to the academic unit by February.

Only students admitted as degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships or fellowships. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to receive assistantships.

Because full-time graduate assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week, the maximum number of credits an assistant may earn in a given semester is 12. Normally, a full-time graduate assistant is expected to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credits, which is a full-time load. DA fellows are expected to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credits per semester.

Permission to carry fewer than 9 or more than 12 credits may be granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon written recommendation of the student's advisor or program director. However, since the Idaho State Board of Education requires that graduate assistants be full-time fee-paying students, graduate assistants who are approved to take fewer than full-time graduate credits will still be charged full-time tuition/fees.

A student with a graduate assistantship or fellowship may be employed by the university for compensation in addition to the awarded stipend. This employment may only occur with permission of the Dean of the Graduate School and usually must be limited to 10 hours per week. Requests for permission for such employment must be sent in writing by the department chair or graduate program director to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Tuition and fee scholarships accompany all graduate assistantships and DA fellowships but are offered as separate scholarships.


Graduate Assistantships (GA)

There are about 250 GAs available for the entire university; most of these require serving as an instructor for a department.

An individual department may have only two or three assistantships to award. Most of these are awarded late spring semester for the next academic year.

Full-time GAs are expected to work up to 20 hours/week for their stipend. Contact departmental chair or graduate program directors for application materials.

Graduate assistants who are international students, whose native language is not English, and who have been assigned to teach may be asked to complete an English speaking proficiency examination administered by the Student Success Center.

Normally, graduate assistants are involved in classroom instruction, supervision of laboratory sections, grading papers and/or examinations, assisting faculty members in research activities, or other equivalent duties.

Research Assistantships (RA)

Research Assistantships are available throughout the university through grant monies or other external sources. Conditions of employment and amounts of compensation vary.

Questions about such sources of support should be directed to the academic departments or colleges.


There are 26 Doctor of Art Fellowships awarded each year to students admitted to and enrolled in the Doctor of Arts program.

These are available only in the Departments of Biological Sciences, English, Mathematics and Political Science. Most of these are awarded late spring-early summer each year. Contact these departments via the information in the table below for details and applications.

Please be aware the entire DA fellowship award (tuition/fee scholarship and the monthly stipend) is disbursed as scholarships so will impact a student's federal financial aid eligibility.




Biological Sciences

Life Sciences Bldg.

(208) 282-3765


Liberal Arts Bldg.

(208) 282-2478


Physical Sciences Bldg.

(208) 282-3350

Political Science

Business Admin. Bldg.

(208) 282-2211

Process for awarding graduate assistantships and DA fellowships

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To retain financial support as a graduate student, almost all sources of funds require that the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

For graduate assistantships and fellowships, students ordinarily must earn nine graduate credit hours or more each semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Some departments may require additional evidence of satisfactory progress for a student to remain eligible to receive assistantship or fellowship support.

Students who receive financial aid through the Financial Aid Office must meet the criteria established by that office for satisfactory progress to remain eligible for further aid.


Other Funding Sources

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The Western Regional Graduate Program WRGP) makes high-quality, distinctive graduate programs and healthcare-related programs available to students of the West at the resident tuition rate.

As part of the Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WRGP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.

Through WRGP, residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in available programs outside of their home state at resident tuition rates. Students need not demonstrate financial need.

To be included in WRGP, programs must meet the criteria of distinctiveness (if they are not related to healthcare) and quality. Programs are nominated by their institutions, peer-reviewed by other graduate institutions in the West, and then researched and reviewed by WICHE staff for final approval. At this time, some 250 programs from more than 45 Western institutions participate. A full list of WRGP programs is on the WRGP website.

To be considered for the WRGP tuition rate, students simply apply directly to the department of the enrolling institution and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. Contact information for each participating program is listed in the WRGP online directory. WRGP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the department and institution concerned, and meet all admission deadlines.

The following graduate programs at Idaho State University have been approved by WRGP:

College of Arts and Letters

English and Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English and the Teaching of English
Master of Arts (M.A.) in English

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History

Political Science
Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in Political Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Experimental Psychology

College of Education

Organizational Learning and Performance
Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development

Sport Science and Physical Education
Master of Physical Education (MPE/AA) in Athletic Administration
Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training

Teaching and Educational Studies
Master of Science (MS) in Deaf Education

Kasiska Division of Health Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology

Master of Counseling (MCoun) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Counseling (MCoun) in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
Master of Counseling (MCoun) in School Counseling
Master of Counseling (MCoun) in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Medical Laboratory Science
Master of Science (MS) in Medical Laboratory Science

Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Nutrition and Dietetics 

Masters of Science (MS) in Nutrition 

Health Informatics

Masters of Science (MS) in Health Informatics

College of Science and Engineering

Biological Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Microbiology
Doctor of Arts (DA) in Biology
Master of Science (MS) in Biology
Master of Science (MS) in Microbiology

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Science and Management

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Doctor of Arts (DA) in Mathematics

Physics, Nuclear, and Electrical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nuclear Science and Engineering
Master of Science (MS) in Nuclear Science and Engineering

For more information please visit the WRGP website.

Students: Discuss with your program director your WRGP eligibility.
Graduate Program Director/Chair: Collect names of all students enrolled in your WRGP eligible program. Submit the list of names to Weston Whitworth by July (Fall), November (Spring), April (Summer) or as soon as possible for students to receive the correct tuition invoice. Please include the student name, student ID, state of residency, and degree program.If you need a report for state of residency, the graduate admission office can provide one for you. 

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTW)

Non-Resident Graduate Students: If you are being charged non-resident fees as a Graduate student, there are 4 ways in which you "may" be eligible to receive a Graduate Non-Resident Tuition Waiver (NRTW).

(1) Academic-Based Graduate NRTW:

Fall entry: May 1st (priority), June 1 (final)

Spring entry: November 1st

Your application for admission to the ISU Graduate School serves as your "scholarship application." As a Non-Resident Graduate Student, you are considered for the Graduate Nonresident Tuition Waiver as long as you are admitted by the above deadlines, and have an admitted GPA of 3.0 or greater. Current or former Graduate students must have a Cumulative ISU of 3.0 or greater to be considered. Graduate NRTWs are awarded at the start of each academic year or semester.  New award offers are sent each year to students who meet the eligibility criteria below. All NRTWs are based on availability.

Eligibility Criteria:  

-A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for newly admitted or current/former ISU Graduate Students. GPA required "may" be higher (based on availability).

-Not in an Oversubscribed Program at ISU (per SBOE regulations).  Oversubscribed Graduate Programs include:  Speech Pathology; Nursing; Physician Assistant; PharmD; Physical Therapy; Occupational Therapy.  Students in programs that do not charge a non-resident fee are excluded.

-Must be a full-time Graduate Student.  9 Graduate Credits or greater.

-Students who are receiving a Graduate Assistantship (or other non-resident waiver) are also not eligible for the Academic NRTW as they are already receiving one.


Graduate students NRTWs are nonrenewable awards.  Students who meet the above requirements will automatically be considered each year/semester based on availability.

(2) Western Regional Graduate Program:

Graduate Students who are from the following states and programs are eligible for the Western Regional Graduate Program.  Please contact your department for more information.  Eligible states include:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, or Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.   Eligible programs can be found by visiting:  

(3) Need-Based Graduate Non-Resident Tuition Waiver:  

To be considered for a need-based NRTW you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate year. Please submit this as early as possible.  Need-based waivers are given to students on a first-come basis to high-need students. Contact the ISU Financial Aid Office at (208) 282-2756 for more information.

(4) Graduate Assistantships:

Non-Resident students receiving Graduate Assistantships will automatically receive a Graduate NRTW as part of their assistantship.  Please contact your major department for more information.