The College of Communication and Information supports graduate students with multiple funding sources. Unfortunately the funds available never meet the needs of all graduate students.
A limited number of assistantships and associateships are available to graduate students. These assistantships/associateships provide competitive stipends and tuition waivers (in-state and out-of-state). On some occasions, assistantship/associateship opportunities arise in other branches of the university. Students are advised of these opportunities whenever they arise.
Graduate assistantships/associateships are normally renewable for up to two years for master’s students and three years for doctoral students subject to the student maintaining a 3.3 grade point average or higher on graduate coursework and satisfactory performance in the requirements of the job.
More detailed information regarding the nature of graduate assistantships, graduate research assistants graduate teaching assistants graduate teaching associates is available in the Graduate Studies Handbook.
Applications for assistantship/associationship positions within the college must be received no later than February 15 for the following academic year. Requests for renewal of assistantship/associateship positions must also be submitted by February 15. Every effort will be made to notify assistantship applicants of the final decisions in this regard by April 15.
You can apply or renew an assistant/associate application using the following form:
- PDF application (fillable)
For more information about assistantships within the college, contact:
302 Communications Building
College of Communication and Information
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0347
College Fellowships and Scholarships
Applicants also may apply for certain other fellowships and scholarships, which do not include remission of fees.
The application for college graduate scholarships is due February 15.
Names of scholarship and fellowship recipients are announced at the college’s annual convocation in April.
You can apply for a CCI graduate scholarship/fellowship using the following form:
- PDF application (fillable)
Students should also check with their individual schools regarding funding opportunities.
University Fellowships and Scholarships
The university also funds several scholarships for graduate students. For further information, visit the Graduate School online or contact
Other Funding Sources
Loans and Work Study
For information on loans and the work-study program, contact the
Graduate students are eligible to apply for the student work-study program. Work-study is considered a form of financial aid, although it is not a loan and it is not subject to repayment. Full-time students should not attempt to work more than 20 hours per week. Part-time students should not attempt to take more than six hours of coursework per semester.
Knoxville is a media-rich city and also has many other types of organizations that hire communication and information professionals. Some graduate students find part-time employment in the local community. Those without professional experience are especially encouraged to gain experience through internships and/or part-time employment in communication and information-related organizations.
Some doctoral students succeed in obtaining part-time teaching positions at nearby community colleges, private universities, and other higher-education institutions. This is a valuable source of teaching experience for doctoral students who do not have teaching assistant/associate positions.