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Graduate teaching and research assistantships with stipends are available to qualified students. In addition, all graduate students on assistantships or fellowships receive a waiver of tuition and health insurance benefits.

A variety of fellowship and stipend enhancement opportunities are also available. These opportunities include the Adams Memorial Scholarship in Biology, the Sutton Scholarship for Avian Research, and Fisheries Research Fellowships. In addition to support within the Department of Biology, graduate students have the opportunity for support in the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History working with the curator in a relevant area. Research areas within the museum include: Vertebrate Paleontology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, and Herpetology.

Several external funding opportunities are also available. See the following link for a curated list of external funding options: HERE.

M. Blanche Adams and M. Frances Adams Scholarships

Graduate Students

  1. Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for up to three years will be awarded on a competitive basis to help recruit new graduate students into the Biology program. The scholarship will be added to a regular ten-month Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantship, with the scholarship payments being made either at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters ($2,500 each) or at the beginning of the summer following the first year of graduate work. After three years of satisfactory progress, recipients will be eligible to reapply for scholarship support in competition with other continuing graduate students, as outlined in section 1.b.
  2. Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year will be awarded on a competitive basis to current graduate students in Biology. Scholarships will be awarded for a one-year period with no limit to the number of times a student making satisfactory progress can reapply.
  3. Summer Research Scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded to allow graduate students to pursue academic opportunities and research during June and July.


Criteria for Selection

 Graduate Student Scholarships

  1. The Graduate Scholarship Committee will be chaired by a senior faculty member and include the Director of Graduate Studies, the Chair of the Graduate Selections Committee, and four faculty appointed by Committee A. All committee members have the right to evaluate and vote on all candidates. The committee, with advice from the OU Foundation when appropriate, will determine the number of academic year and summer scholarships to be awarded in consultation with the Chair of Biology.
  2. Applications from current graduate students for an academic year or summer scholarships will include a written research plan and summary of progress toward the degree, current curriculum vitae, and signature approval of the research plan by the student's major professor (see the application form for more details). Once the call for applications is announced (in the spring), application forms will be available below.

Application: Click here to apply and for more information about the Adams Scholarships and other scholarships available through the College of Arts and Sciences.

George Miksch Sutton Scholarship

George Miksch Sutton Scholarships support students with academic interests in ornithology. As in the past, both graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences will be eligible to receive scholarship funding. The Sutton Scholarship Committee’s decisions about scholarship funding will be based on student's descriptions of their ornithological activities described in the form of a proposal. The committee evaluates proposals in the context of applicants' academic status. We anticipate that applications from undergraduates may focus on unique educational or training opportunities in ornithology and the importance of these opportunities to the student's future plans, whereas proposals from graduate students are typically focus on furthering their graduate research in ornithology.  

Amounts of $500 to $2,000 or more are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in the field of Ornithology. Selection is based on merit and financial need. For more information, contact the Department of Biology.

Graduate Student Senate

There are many opportunities to secure funding at OU through the Graduate Student Senate. Graduate students can apply for travel and research grants each semester. Applications can be found at the Grants page of the GSS website.