Assistantships, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Several financial options exist for graduate students at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Most of our graduate students are currently taking advantage of these sources of funding and you may also be eligible for these financial opportunities.

Graduate Assistantships

There are two different types of graduate assistantships available to graduate students at Texas A&M University at Galveston. These assistantships will either be engaged in research or teaching activities at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Most of these positions require service of 20 hours per week and enrollment as a full time student at Texas A&M University at Galveston.* Students serving in these roles may be eligible for insurance benefits and may pay tuition and fees at the in-state rate. All competitive, TAMUG awarded scholarships of $1,000 or greater per academic year may also allow students to pay tuition at the in-state rate. Doctoral students serving in graduate assistantship positions may also have their tuition charges paid on their behalf.

Individual graduate students often receive financial support from multiple sources. Applications for assistantships are made via the academic department and any inquiries should be directed toward the department of interest.

* Full time enrollment as a graduate student at Texas A&M University at Galveston is defined as 9 hours for the Fall/Spring and 6 hours for the Summer.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Texas A&M University at Galveston graduate students also have access to scholarships, grants and financial aid for their school expenses, travel expenses, and other related expenses.

A student’s financial aid eligibility is determined each year by their completed FAFSA application. For further information regarding financial aid and the FAFSA application, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Some scholarships and grants opportunities are as follows:

MARB IDP Development Award

This competitive graduate assistantship program is intended to provide funding for incoming doctoral students pursuing a course of study with the Marine Biology Interdisciplinary program at the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus.

Erma Lee and Luke Mooney Graduate Research Travel Grant

These travel grants are awarded to current Texas A&M University at Galveston graduate students to assist with research or travel expenses related to their course of study. Applications are accepted twice a year, fall and spring. Students cannot be awarded the Erma Lee and Luke Mooney Graduate Research Travel Grant in consecutive years.

Erma Lee and Luke Mooney Graduate Research Excellence Award

This prestigious award is given to two students, one at the Master’s level and one at the Doctoral level, at the conclusion of their thesis or dissertation for excellence in marine-related research. Students will be nominated by their faculty advisor for this award. Nominations are accepted each Spring.

Galveston Graduate Student Association (GGSA) Mini-Grants

Students will apply directly to the Galveston Graduate Student Association (GGSA) for these travel awards. These monies are intended to supplement travel and research support for current Galveston graduate students.

Galveston Graduate Student Association (GGSA) Micro-Grants

Micro-grants are small ($100 or less) awards intended to provide supplies for Galveston graduate students. Many will use the grants for textbooks, business cards, or other research supplies.

Marine Biology Department Mini-Grants

These grants are given by the Marine Biology department to support graduate student research and travel.

SEASPACE, Inc. Scholarship

These $2,000 scholarships are given annually to TAMUG graduate students who demonstrate their support and compliance with the mission of SEASPACE, Inc., “…to educate the public in diving skills, dive safety, marine life, underwater photography, marine environments, and to expose the public to marine travel destinations.”