Graduate Student Funding

“Funding” is a term used to describe university employment or support to cover some or all your costs of graduate education. It varies in kind, amount, and level of guarantee.

Please review the Graduate School’s Funding Page for the following:

  • Types of Funding
    • Assistantships
    • Fellowships
    • Student Loans
    • Student Jobs
    • Research and Travel Grants
  • Funding for International Students
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Stipend and Benefit Information for Asisstantships
    • Rates
    • Health Insurance
    • Vacation time
    • Tuition Remission

Graduate School Policies Related to Funding/Employment

Human Resources Policy Related to Funding/Employment

Competitions

Infographics Poster Competitionexpand_more

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences hosts an annual competition in the spring to support graduate student travel for professional development. This Infographics Poster Competition is open to any graduate student who works in a laboratory in the department and/or graduate student who is enrolled in an Animal and Dairy graduate program. An infographic poster uses high-quality visuals and icons to communicate research in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner (see examples here). Instructions on preparing infographic-style posters, and the judging criteria, are sent to participants in February.

The call for abstracts to sign up for this competition are sent in early January and due in mid-February. The competition takes place in mid-May each year.

Student Research Grants Competitionexpand_more

Student Research Grants Competition (SRGC) awards funds to support research travel. Awards are granted in $600, $1,200, or $1,500 amounts depending on the number of qualifying expenses listed in the application. Funding for these awards generously comes from the Vilas Trust and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

ADSA Graduate Student Presentationsexpand_more

The ADSA Annual Meeting accepts abstract submissions for their Graduate Student Competitions in January each year. For the National ADSA Production Oral Only (MS or PhD) competition, an institution is entitled to enter one participant per department in each of the MS and PhD Production Division contests. For the National ADSA Production Poster Only (MS or PhD) competition, an institution is entitled to enter two participants per department in each of the MS and PhD contests.

Interested students work with their PI to submit their materials to the Graduate Student Award Subcommittee for Animal and Dairy Sciences once the call is sent in late January. The subcommittee reviews submitted materials and announces selection(s) for these competitions in early February. After the selection process is complete, the student(s) submit the materials to ADSA before their deadline in mid-February.

John Brandt Memorial Scholarship (Land O’ Lakes)expand_more

The John Brandt Memorial Scholarship application opens in April each year. An institution is entitled to submit two applicants. The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences calls for submission in late April or early May. Interested students work with their PI to submit their materials to the Research and Graduate Education Committee (RGEC) for Animal and Dairy Sciences in response to the call. Students must submit their materials to the committee by mid-May.

A subcommittee of RGEC reviews submitted materials and announces the selection(s) for these competitions at least 1 week before the materials are due to Land O’ Lakes. After the selection process is complete, the student(s) will submit their materials to Land O’ Lakes before the due date, usually late May.