Financial Support

Graduate students in the Department of Special Education have several opportunities to receive funding. The state, university, and department offer funding in the form of grants, fellowships, teaching assistantships and scholarships.

For questions and additional information about funding opportunities, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Regina Smuts.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are primarily available to doctoral students in their second year of school or beyond. Students interested in a teaching assistantship should contact individual faculty members.

University Continuing Fellowship

Graduate School Continuing Fellowships are intended to support students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin.

In addition, students nominated for the Continuing Fellowship are automatically considered for the following fellowships:

Other University-Level Support

The Graduate Recruitment and Outreach Program provides information on financing your graduate education. Below is a list of fellowships specifically for incoming graduate students.

Professional Development Awards

A limited amount of funding is available through the Office of Graduate Studies to provide travel support for graduate students who are presenting at a national conference. Applicants must be nominated by the Department’s Graduate Adviser. Contact the Graduate Coordinator for detailed information about the application process.

College of Education Scholarships & Fellowships

The following scholarships are available through the College of Education. However, applications are submitted to, and reviewed by the Department of Special Education.

  • Alexander Caswell Ellis Fellowship in Education
  • Joseph L. Henderson and Katherine D. Henderson Scholarship 
  • Elisa Costilla Endowed Scholarship in Education Provides scholarship support to graduate students in the College of Education who are preparing for careers in special education, who have at least a 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0, and who demonstrate financial need. Preference shall be given to students from Laredo, TX.
  • Stanley and Ada Belle Fudell Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Special Education Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.5 grade point average (GPA) for all graduate coursework. Preference will be given to students with financial need.
  • W. N. Kirby Endowed Scholarship for Future Teachers Scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education for deserving students seeking initial teacher certification.
  • Paul DeWitt Connor and Ruth Patton Connor Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 or higher grade point average (GPA) for all graduate coursework. Preference among equally qualified candidates are given to (a) students with disabilities who intend to teach students with disabilities, (b) students with disabilities students who intend to teach, and (c) students who intend to teach students with special needs. Financial need may be a consideration.
  • F. Riggs Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education Provides Scholarship support to deserving undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA for all coursework.
  • M. B. Moran Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Education This award recognizes students who exhibit a high degree of commitment to a career in the field of Special Education. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade point average (GPA) for all graduate coursework.