Financial Aid

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Graduate Student Scholarship/Financial Aid Process:

STEP 1: Read the general information below about Scholarships and Financial Aid for Doctoral students.
STEP 2: Contact the University Office of Scholarship and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396 or visit the web site for more information.
STEP 3: Visit the Department of Education’s Student Guide web page and complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
STEP 4: Pursue funding sources outside the University, including professional associations. Many sources can be found on the Internet. Several are listed on our financial aid page.
STEP 5: Contact the School of Nursing’s Office of Student Affairs for information on graduate level funding.

Need-based Aid

Full-time students in the School of Nursing’s Doctoral Program may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based financial aid. The University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administer need-based aid. Nursing students are eligible for scholarships and loans on the same basis as all other graduate students at the University.

Students also are encouraged to seek financial aid through their local communities and through scholarships available from sources outside the University, for example, employers, fraternal, civic and professional organizations, and military services.

Merit-based Scholarships

Full-time students are supported for the first three years of study. This funding may include scholarships, traineeships and/or assistantships.

Merit Scholarships

Upon application to the doctoral program, students are considered (without further application needed) for merit-based awards.  Scholarship funds for these awards are provided in part by the following funds: Elizabeth Scott Carrington Scholarship, Glaxo Fellowship, Kellett Scholarship, Lunsford Richardson Scholarship, Joanne A. Sandergaard Scholarship, The Mary P. Speight Scholarship, and UNC-CH Graduate School Merit Assistantship.

Fellowships in Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness

The School of Nursing has an Institutional National Research Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to support doctoral fellows in their study. After admission to the School of Nursing, students apply for this fellowship through faculty in the School.

National Institutes of Health Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students

This NIH program supports minority graduate nursing students giving them an opportunity for further development as researchers. Principal investigators on the faculty holding active NIH research grants are eligible to submit a request for an administrative supplement to support a minority graduate research assistant. Underrepresented minority (which includes African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander) graduate students actively pursuing a doctoral degree are eligible for consideration. The NIH provides support for a salary and necessary expenses.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities are available to graduate students in the School of Nursing as teaching or research assistants. Both types of assistantships provide valuable learning experiences. Once admitted, students are notified of employment opportunities as they become available.

More information and policies on student employment is available in the current student handbook.

Dissertation Research Support

Dissertation research support is available from both the School and the University to help defray the expenses of dissertation research. Doctoral students planning to begin their dissertation should investigate direct and indirect funding opportunities through their departments, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Research Support Center and other research centers on and off campus.