Financial Aid

Below, we describe several of the financial packages we offer our graduate students. For further details please see the graduate program fellowship pages or visit the "GWired" student network.


Presidential Merit Fellowships

The University's most prestigious graduate awards, these fellowships are given to qualified students with very high GPA and GRE scores on a university-wide competitive basis. The Physics Department requires prospective candidates to have research interests matching existing strong areas of research within the Department. The fellowships are awarded for three years, subject to continued satisfactory performance. No teaching is required, and early participation in the Department's research activities is expected.

$26,000 over 9 months plus tuition.


Academic Excellence Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) to an outstanding incoming graduate student to the Physics Department for a period of five years. The fellow will have high GPA and GRE scores. This award involves no teaching duties. Involvement in research from the start is highly desired.

$24,000 over 9 months plus tuition.


Bell Atlantic Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship is awarded by the Physics Department for a three-year period. Fellows will have high GPA and GRE scores. This award involves no teaching duties, and early involvement in research is strongly encouraged.

$23,000 over 9 months plus tuition.


Graduate Teaching Assistantships

These assistantships are awarded to qualified students by the Physics Department for a maximum of four years. Normally, teaching requirements are three undergraduate laboratory/recitation sections and/or grading of undergraduate homework assignments in large-capacity courses. Usually, students hold GTAs for the first two or three years of their graduate study.

$20,000 to $23,000 over 9 months plus tuition.


Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships are funded by external research grants, awarded to the Department's faculty by federal agencies and other organizations, and by GW's Center for Nuclear Studies. Usually, they are reserved for advanced graduate students who have passed the Ph. D. Qualifying Examinations and have embarked on their Ph. D. thesis research.

$20,000-$24,000 over 12 months, may include tuition.


Summer Research Jobs

The intention of these short-term awards is to give students the opportunity to work with a particular group within the Physics Department, to get acquainted with its research in a more hands-on manner. Students usually apply for these positions for their first and second summer during the course of their studies.

$4,500-$7,000 over 3 months

Graduate Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs. Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the ground floor of the Marvin Center to learn more.

Costs, Funding, and Housing

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