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2015-2016 Academic Catalog (Jan 2016) 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog (Jan 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has available Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) that may be awarded to successful applicants to the various PhD degree programs and to applicants to the joint Master of Science degree   in Biomedical Engineering.  Research performed by recipients of a GRA is under the direct supervision of the student’s Research Advisor; part of the research training may also include assistance in teaching. In addition, a limited number of fellowships and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and may be continued so long as the student is making exemplary progress toward the degree.

During the first, and in some cases part of the second, year of study, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center provides a limited number of GRA appointments with stipends to qualified students; these are generally accompanied by a waiver of tuition and payment of the student’s health insurance premium for up to six years of study. Stipend support following the first year is funded from research grants, training grants, or special pre-doctoral fellowships awarded by outside agencies. The student makes applications for these latter fellowships directly to the awarding agency; the Dean of the College will periodically announce the availability of these fellowships.

Students may access information regarding Financial Aid, including information on applying for financial aid, financial literacy counseling, and general student loan information at Emergency loans are also available in amounts up to $600, which must be repaid within 60 calendar days (

Scholarships in particular areas of research are also available, depending upon current financial obligations. Further information about any of the fellowships or scholarships listed below is available from the Office of the Dean or at

Available scholarships:

Lee and Jennie Beaumont Endowment Fund
Fellowships are awarded for research in the field of arthritis and connective tissue diseases.

Belz Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based on scholastic ability, leadership potential, and dedication to the health sciences as a career and profession.

CGHS Travel Awards/John Autian Student Enrichment Fund
A limited number of travel awards (TA) to national meetings are available for students in the College of Graduate Health Sciences. To be considered, students must be registered full-time and have been admitted to PhD or  MS candidacy at the time the application. TAs will be awarded only to students who have been accepted to present a paper, abstract, or poster. Applications should be received in the Dean’s Office.

Morton H. and Myra M. Friedman Scholarship Endowment Fund
Scholarships are awarded to students in the interdisciplinary program and whose research advisor is in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. The awards are based on scholastic ability, financial need, dedication to anatomy as a career or profession, and community involvement.

Edward and Bernice Humphrey Scholarship Endowment Fund
Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based on scholastic ability, leadership potential, and dedication to health science research as a career and profession.

Hal and Alma Reagan Endowment Fund
Fellowships are awarded to students working in the area of cancer research. To be considered, a student must be in the second through fourth year of study and involved in research into the causes of and possible cures for cancer. Applicants should submit the following to their Program Graduate Training Committee:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Transcript (undergraduate and graduate)
  4. Two letters of recommendations (one from the student’s research advisor)

All programs/tracks in the college may submit one finalist per year. The application is due in the Dean’s office by September 1 of each year.

Under some circumstances, full-time graduate students are permitted to supplement the stipend by employment within or outside the institution. It is a conflict of interest for a student to work for a member of the student’s Faculty Committee. It is the responsibility of the Program Chair and the student’s Faculty Committee to determine whether such employment interferes with the expectations of that program regarding the student’s acceptable progress in course and research work and in the amount of time the student is expected to spend in research and service. If the Program Chair determines that employment would interfere or would be a conflict of interest with the student’s program, the Chair may limit such employment.