Scholarships and Assistantships 

Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, and Research Assistantships are available for qualified students on a competitive basis. Assistantships include a stipend, out-of-state tuition scholarship and a rebate for in-state tuition.

How to Apply

Apply online using the Teaching Assistantship Application

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Awards and Fellowships 

Lyman T. Johnson Award

Fellowships are available as matching awards for those applicants holding the equivalent of a half-time teaching or research assistantship in one of UK’s graduate programs. LTJ Fellowships, in combination with an assistantship, provide up to $15,000 a year for the student plus tuition and health insurance. Open to all qualified individuals, the Graduate School will match department contributions up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for stipends. Students must be nominated by their graduate programs. Awards are competitive and made on the basis of GPA, GRE or GMAT scores and letters of recommendation.

Master's students are potentially eligible for two years of funding and doctoral students are potentially eligible for three years of funding, based on availability of funds. The maximum eligibility for the LTJ fellowship is three years for any student. The Graduate School does not match departmental funding for May through August. Renewals must be received no later than March 4, 2015. New nominations are now submitted on-line and are due by April 1, 2015.

New nominations should include (when submitting on-line, some of this will be automatically supplied):

  • Student's current email address
  • Student's UK ID number
  • A copy of the student's transcript
  • A copy of the student's GRE/GMAT scores
  • Copies of two letters of recommendation
  • A letter of recommendation from the Director of Graduate Studies
  • The letter should indicate the department's financial offer to the student (for graduate assistants) or a memorandum indicating matching departmental fellowship support (for matching fellows).
Criteria for Eligibility
New students must be admitted to the Graduate School and continuing students must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Consideration will be given to applicants who:
  • contribute to the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in diversity or, 
  • are first generation college students. 

Renewal Awards
The Director of Graduate Studies must fill out the renewal form (on-line) and submit it to the Graduate School Funding Office. 

Alice P. Killpatrick Award 

The Alice P. Killpatrick Fellowship is awarded to graduate students who are enrolled full-time in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

Criteria for Eligibility
The student recipient(s) should have:

  • Potential for academic and professional excellence;
  • An approved thesis or dissertation research plan by their committee;
  • Maintained good academic standing;
  • Possess citizenship and leadership qualities and participated in community-based activities; and
  • Financial need.

Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two semesters of a college level foreign language or have documentation of achieving the equivalent of two semesters of foreign language study. The Fellowship is $2,500 per semester.

Renewal Awards
Renewal of the fellowship is possible for up to three additional semesters, but the renewal application must be submitted each semester and renewal is not guaranteed.

How to Apply
Complete the online application. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Screening of applications will begin on the following dates:

  • August 15 for fall semester
  • January 15 for spring semester

Return completed application via email to: Whitney Rogers by the above deadline.

Tuition and Fees

Visit UK's Tuition and Fees to learn more about fees for the graduate school. 

For more information contact:

Dr. Sandra Bastin, Chair
Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
203 Funkhouser Building.
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0054
Office:  859-257-3800
Fax: 859-257-3707