Graduate Student Assistantship

Graduate Student Assistantship

Ph.D. Scholarships

Full tuition scholarships are available for graduate research assistants working toward a doctoral degree through the Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Scholarship (DGRATS) Program.  

Florida Tech doctoral students and faculty are exploring innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging issues. Now, you can pursue your research, with a Ph.D. scholarship, from a national research university—home to over 34 research institutes and centers, world-renowned faculty and high-tech labs. 

Main-campus students who are supported by 15 hours or more per week of research or grant wages (pay rate ≥ $15/hr) or those on full national fellowships are eligible for the DGRATS program, which is capped at 45 credits. This applies to both new, existing and international students.

Students who enter a doctoral program after completing their B.S. degree are eligible for the DGRATS program once they have completed the equivalent of an M.S. degree through 30-36 credits (depending on the program) and are awarded a graduate research assistantship by a faculty member. If no equivalent M.S. degree aligns with the student’s doctorate program, they must complete 30 credits of their doctoral program to become eligible for the DGRATS program.

Ph.D. scholarships are renewed each semester for students who maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher and faculty approved wages funding.   

Doctoral students who meet the above criteria should work with their faculty advisor to pursue the DGRATS program.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the DGRATS policy be implemented?

January 1st, 2014. All grants and contracts with start dates on or after January 1, 2014 may make full use of DGRATS.

What is DGRATS?

The Doctoral Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Scholarship (DGRATS) Program is a mechanism by which Florida Tech provides tuition scholarships, on a semester to semester basis, to doctoral students that are receiving a wages from an externally funded research grant or contract.

Can pre-existing grants & contracts utilize DGRATS?

Because DGRATS may involve modifications to both internal as well as external research project budgets Principle Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to consult directly with the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Office of Sponsored Programs will determine the appropriateness and feasibility of utilizing DGRATS on a case by case basis for pre-existing grants and contracts.

What are the qualifications for a student to receive a DGRATS tuition scholarship?

The student must meet the standard campus requirements for receiving a research wages {e.g. cumulative gpa ≥3.2, international students must furnish the following evidence of proficiency written and spoken English; a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)} and must receive a wages of 15 or more hours per week with a pay rate ≥ $15/hr from a qualifying grant or contract for the entire semester.

What are the wages funding source requirements for DGRATS?

The funding source must be an external research grant or contract subject to on-campus indirect costs of 45% federal and 50% non-federal funds. Reduced or waived IDC rate grants or contracts are not eligible to participate in this program.

Is there a cap on the number of credits a DGRATS student can take in one semester?

There is no DGRATS cap on the number of credits a student may take in one semester although the student must abide by other relevant policies. Also, the total amount of DGRATS tuition scholarship is capped at 45 credits per student.

Are there a limited number of DGRATS scholarships available?

No.

Are DGRATS scholarships restricted to US citizens?

No.

Are DGRATS scholarships restricted to new students only? That is to say students that did not receive their bachelor’s and/or master’s degree(s) at Florida Tech.

No.

Are DGRATS scholarships restricted to support doctoral students working with new/young faculty?

No. All faculty members may utilize the DGRATS program.

Can research professors utilize DGRATS to support their doctoral students?

Yes, as long as the funding and other requirements are satisfied.

How do I apply for a DGRATS Scholarship?

If you are a doctoral student talk to your faculty adviser. If you are a PI or Co-PI on a research grant or contract ask your administrative assistant to process the wages contract for doctoral student using the DGRATS option in BANNER/PAWS.

When do DGRATS student wages contracts need to be submitted in Banner/PAWS?

Preferably several weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the student is to receive the tuition scholarship. However, DGRATS student wages contracts will be accept up to one week before the start of the semester in which the student is to receive the tuition scholarship. Late DGRATS wages contracts cannot be processed. 

If a student enters a doctoral program with a bachelor’s degree and that program does not offer or require a master’s degree can the student receive a DGRATS scholarship?

After the student has earned 30 or 36 credits (depending on their doctoral degree program) toward their doctoral degree (the equivalent of a master’s degree) they become eligible to participate in the DGRATS scholarship program.