Scholarships for Graduate School: How to Fund Your Advanced Degree

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Congratulations on your decision to pursue a graduate degree! This is an exciting and rewarding choice, but it can also be costly. Fortunately, there are many scholarships for graduate students available that may help you fund your advanced degree. According to¬†AG Morgan, you don’t need to rely solely on student loans and credit card debt to finance your education: there are many other options out there for finding money for school without going broke.

Research. Research. Research.

  • Research. Research. Research.

If you want to find scholarships and fellowships, you’ll need to go through the process of researching the funding opportunities that are available for graduate students in your field. This means doing some online research and asking around at school if there are any sources of funding that might be relevant to what you’re studying or where you’d like to live after graduation.

  • Look for scholarships and grants that match your needs as a student, including whether they provide money only once per year or throughout an entire program (some may even provide money while still in school). You should also consider whether these funds can be used at more than one institution–not all will do so! Some organizations have very specific requirements regarding topics covered by applicants’ proposed projects; others have more general guidelines but still require certain types of information within applications such as letters from professors and research partners confirming their support for applicants’ ideas before awarding them with financial aid awards.”

Apply for scholarships, fellowships and grants.

As a graduate student, you have an opportunity to apply for scholarships and fellowships through your school’s financial aid office. Some schools also provide funding opportunities through their own foundations or external organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF).

You should also consider applying for external grants from organizations like the NSF or the Department of Defense (DoD). The best time to apply is generally during your junior year of undergraduate studies, but it varies depending on when each organization accepts applications.

Apply for work-study jobs and internships.

One of the best ways to fund your graduate degree is by finding work-study jobs and internships. Work-study programs are available at many universities and colleges, so be sure to check if your school offers this financial aid option. Employing students allows them the opportunity to earn money while attending classes, which can help offset the cost of tuition and living expenses.

If you decide not to participate in a work-study program, there are other ways for students who want extra income during their time at school: apply for an internship! Internships provide valuable experience as well as networking opportunities that may lead directly into full-time employment (or even start up businesses). In addition, internships allow students time away from their studies so they can focus on developing their passions while still earning money towards their education goals!


There are many different ways to fund your advanced degree. The most important thing is to start early and be strategic about research, applications and opportunities. Don’t forget about work-study jobs or internships either–they may not pay much but they can add up over time!

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