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Student Funding

Graduate Assistantship Appointments (GAs; 20 hours per week) are available for Counseling Psychology doctoral students. Most GA appointments include a full tuition waiver and basic health insurance subsidy. These positions include a variety of different activities, including counseling, teaching, research, or community/University service. Some of the GAs are linked to the College of Education, the College’s K-20 Center, or the Department (Educational Psychology); other GA positions are operated within the Counseling Psychology program and are guaranteed to be available to Counseling Psychology doctoral students. Over the past decade, all of the students in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program who applied for a GA have been funded for the duration of their doctoral study, with priority given to first and second year doctoral students.

In an era of decreasing resources in higher education you should know that while the program has been very successful in funding all of our students for every year of their training, past success is no guarantee of future success. As such, although our faculty has been successful at providing GA appointments each year for every student, we cannot guarantee funding. The faculty consistently work very hard to develop relationships with other programs and agencies across campus to assure student GA positions for our doctoral program.

Additional Funding Sources

In addition to GAs, our graduate students are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants (links below) to work on their research or supplement their graduate school education. Scholarships are available on campus and our students are very competitive and successful at obtaining these scholarships. Students have also been successful at obtaining APA minority fellowships which support their graduate education, and at obtaining a variety of Federal support for their research and education, including monies from NIH and the Department of Education.

For information on financial aid and additional funding, please visit the Financial Aid Services website at

For Scholarship Resources at the University of Oklahoma, please visit

For funding and financial support for graduate students including: Scholarships and Travel/Research Grants, Graduate College Tuition Waivers, Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships available within the Graduate College, Funding for Graduate Student Research and Financial Aid links specific to Graduate students and the University of Oklahoma, please visit

For graduate student support for research and travel within the College of Education, please visit Research and Travel Support for Graduate Students on the Student Life and Resources page.


The American Psychological Association (APA)

APA offers a variety of funding, grants and scholarship opportunities, including:

APA: Scholarships & Awards   

APAGS (the graduate student association within APA): Scholarships   

Student Affiliates of 17: funding, grants & scholarships   

APAGS Disabilities Grant (Due December)
-       $1000 grant for a project that promotes training and educational experiences in practice or services for persons with disabilities, or the recruitment, retention, and training of individuals with disabilities

APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Grant (Due December)
-  Two $1000 grants for projects that recruit, retain and/ or enhance the training of ethnic minority graduate psychology students. Examples include, but are not limited to: workshops, colloquia, conferences, lecture series, mentorship programs, etc.

Basic Psychological Science Research Grant (Due December)
-  Provides support for up to 4 students conducting psychological science research studies

APAGS Teaching Excellence in Psychological Science Award (Due December)
-  Two $500 awards to recognize students who use pedagogical strategies to promote science appreciation among undergraduate students

Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (Division 44) (Due February)
-  The Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award $1000 for proposal on psychological issues of importance to gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals
-  The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award for a proposal on the psychology of bisexuality

Other External Funding Sources

Our graduate students are eligible to apply for a variety of other funding, including:


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute  

American Association of University Women  

Segal Americorps Education Award   

Students in Service Americorps  

FastWeb External Scholarship Search   

American Psychological Foundation’s Annette Urso Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy (Due November)
-  $1000 award supports dissertation research in public policy, which has the potential to improve services for children and families facing psychosocial issues such as prevention of child abuse, school programs, services for youth in the criminal justice system, etc.

Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Joan Dallum Graduate Research Award (Due November)
-  Certificate, plaque, and cash stipend to recognize and encourage high quality research projects that are applicable to the counseling and human development goals of ACPA and CCPS.  For example, research on needs assessment, treatment intervention, outcome and process studies, or preventative programs are appropriate submissions.

Association for Psychological Science Student Grant Competition (Due November)
-  Three $500 awards for research projects in initial development

Pearson's Touch the World Human Services Scholarship Contest (Due June)
-  $500 scholarship plus Pearson textbooks