The Graduate School Creates New Assistantships for Veterans

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE – March 11, 2015 - The UNC Charlotte Graduate School has added a new assistantship to attract military veterans to enroll in one of its extensive list of master’s and doctoral degree programs.  Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, the Graduate School is offering two graduate assistantships designated exclusively for veteran students.  Each two-year assistantship is valued at $36,000 to $45,000 and includes full tuition, health insurance and an assistantship stipend.

Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Tom Reynolds, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, stated he hopes this incentive will lead to additional programs of support for veteran graduate students. 

“UNC Charlotte already has a tremendous support structure for veteran students, but I’d like to see us doing even more,” Reynolds said.  “When veterans seek graduate education, I’m going to do everything I can to make UNC Charlotte their destination of choice, and I’ll encourage the deans of our other seven outstanding colleges to find more ways to attract the best of this population of gifted young men and women.  I’ll also seek external partners to support additional incentive programs.” 

Reynolds pointed out that UNC Charlotte began in 1946 as the Charlotte Center to serve the higher education needs of returning World War II veterans.  “This is our heritage and a big part of who we are,” Reynolds said. 

The new assistships are open to military veterans from any branch of service with an honorable discharge admitted to any UNC Charlotte master’s or doctoral degree program.  UNC Charlotte offers nearly 100 graduate degree programs, including 21 doctoral programs. (See the listing of programs online).

The assistantships may involve either teaching responsibilities or assisting faculty with research projects.  The award obligates the recipient to perform these duties up to 20 hours per week, and recipients may not be otherwise employed on or off campus.  Recipients must enroll in at least six credit hours (typically two classes) each term.  

The application deadline for the fall 2015 term is April 15.  Details on the application process are on the Web. Apply to UNC Charlotte's Graduate School and create a prospective student portal account.

About The Graduate School

UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School offers more than 100 graduate degree and certificate programs which include 21 doctoral programs, in a wide variety of fields and specialties ranging from architecture, biomedical engineering, computing, engineering, and health administration to history, teacher education, creative writing, business, nursing and social work.  Graduate students enrolled in the University come from nearly every state in the union.  International students come from a variety of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America.  The Graduate School has approximately 750 members of the Regular Graduate Faculty teaching and mentoring graduate students.  For more information, visit UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School.


About UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. With fall 2014 enrollment of 27,300 students, the University leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives.


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