CNS EEB Ecology Evolution and Behavior Graduate Program
Prospective Students 

Financial Information

The primary means of support for EEB graduate students is by appointment as a Graduate Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). The pay for pre-candidacy EEB graduate students is $1,839 per month, and $1,957 per month for post-candidacy graduate students. The Section of Integrative Biology will provide a salary supplement bringing the monthly pay up to $2,000 and $2,100 respectively as long as funds are available. Appointments are from September 1 - January 15 for the fall, and January 16 - June 1 for the spring, with no break in pay.

A number of exceptional students are awarded University Fellowships. These students are nominated by the EEB Graduate Program. Nominees are chosen from among the pool of applicants.

Research Assistants are supported by research grants of individual faculty members. Arrangements must be made directly with a faculty member. It is an EEB policy that the employing faculty member pays the tuition and fees of any EEB student who they appoint as a Research Assistant.

The EEB Graduate Program offers a minimum of five years of financial support to students who are admitted to the program. At a minimum, the support is in the form of TAships for each of the two long semesters (a total of 9 months per year). A smaller number of summer TAships are also available. The program is usually able to support students longer than five years. The University limits graduate students to 14 (long) semesters of support as a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant.

The EEB Graduate Program expects to have a number of its students supported as National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellows. This is a prestigious but highly competitive program that gives students tremendous freedom to pursue their own research interests. EEB applicants are urged to consider applying for NSF Graduate Fellowships.

Fellowships and Research Grants
The EEB Graduate Program holds a large endowment generating funds for fellowships to support student research and travel. Fellowships are intended for the student’s personal expenses. The factors considered in awarding these fellowships are rate of progress in graduate school, academic and research achievement, and scientific promise.

Travel fellowships are available for student travel to professional meetings to defray travel and lodging expenses.

Research awards to EEB students are intended to defray research expenses. This may include travel (including food and lodging), equipment, supplies, etc. The purpose of the travel may be to make field observations or use resources not available at UT Austin, to learn new techniques, or to make preliminary observations for development of a dissertation.

Tuition and Fees
Graduate students supported as Teaching Assistants, or Graduate Research Assistants are expected to apply on-line for a tuition waiver from the University. After the tuition assistance is applied any unwaived portion of the tuition is covered by the Section of Integrative Biology as long as funds are available. Federal income taxes are withheld from the tuition assistance payments, so there will be a balance that must be paid by the student.

Graduate students not supported as Teaching Assistants, or Graduate Research Assistants can expect to pay about $4,000 in tuition and fees for each of the two long semesters (fall and spring) if they qualify as residents of Texas (about $8,000 for each of the two long semesters if not qualifying as Texas resident and not supported as Teaching or Research Assistant).

Health Benefits
The University of Texas provides excellent health insurance for its employees, including Teaching Assistants, Assistant Instructors, and Graduate Research Assistants.  Students can choose from a variety of health care providers, and the University’s health-benefit contribution is typically sufficient to cover all health insurance costs. The University pays for about half the cost for dependents who may be added to the staff insurance. A Student Health Center on campus provides general medical care (e.g., outpatient visit, travel vaccinations) for free or for a nominal fee.


Star Coral found in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: Bill Allen Coney (Epinephelus fulva) grouper. Photo: Bill Allen DNA microarray. Photo: Z. Jeffrey Chen Butterfly (Psiguria Heliconius). Photo: Roxi Steele Water lily. Photo: Shutterstock images Red eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Photo: Luis Bonachea