Financial Support

School of Nursing Scholarships - Deadline: March 20, 2023

The School of Nursing awards scholarships to a number of qualified students each year. Scholarships are awarded based on both financial need and merit. The online scholarship application will be available from February 1, 2023 through March 20, 2023 and is used to award students for the following academic year. Decisions about scholarship awards are available by August.

By applying through the School of Nursing online scholarship application, you are considered for the majority of the School of Nursing scholarships and fellowships.

Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid offers various forms of financial assistance to students attending The University of Texas at Austin. The Office of Financial Aid offers two types of financial aid awards:

  1. Gift aid, which includes grants and scholarships
  2. Self-help aid, which includes the College Work-Study Program and long-term loans

To apply for financial aid, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available from the Office of Financial Aid. Applications must be submitted each year the student seeks financial aid.

American Association of University Women Scholarship

The AAUW Austin Branch is announcing its fellowship competition. The Austin Branch will award 1-3 fellowships in the amount of at least $2,000 each. This award is to assist women who require financial help to complete their doctoral program. A prerequisite for consideration for this award is formal candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Austin APNs Scholarship

The Austin Area Nurse Practitioner Alliance was organized in 1986 to address the professional needs of local practitioners. In 2003, the organization was renamed Austin Advanced Practice Nurses Organization to reflect a broader mission.

HER Scholars Program

The Center for Health Equity Research (HER) Scholars Program is designed to support the research and scholarly development of doctoral nursing students enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing’s PhD program. The Scholars Program provides stipend support for two well-qualified scholars whose research interests are a good fit with the goals of the HER Center. Currently, we are seeking applications to fill one scholar position. The selected HER Scholar will be actively involved in Center activities throughout their 2-year appointment.

Graduate School Fellowships

The Office of Graduate School allocates money to each department so that they may make fellowship awards to outstanding new and continuing graduate students. Awards vary between $6,000 - $36,000 per academic year. The Graduate Student Services Office emails students the application and deadline each spring.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions which allows nursing schools to make loans to their students enrolled full time in advanced degree nursing programs. NFLP loans made to eligible students can be used for the cost of tuition, fees, books, lab expenses and other reasonable education expenses, not including living expenses. Students must complete a FAFSA in order to be eligible. Completion of the FAFSA is required to ensure that the student has not defaulted on other student loans.

Office of Distinguished & Postgraduate Scholarships (ODPS)

The new Office of Distinguished & Postgraduate Scholarships (ODPS) in Liberal Arts Honors offers support to students across UT Austin campus in applying to nationally competitive fellowships to fund graduate studies. Some opportunities include the Rhodes, Knight-Hennessy, and Soros Scholarships. If you are a high achieving and motivated student, the office can help you secure prestigious scholarships. ODPS services include one-on-one advising, essay review, and mock interviews. Email for more info: or visit Flawn Academic Center Suite 18.

Professional Development Awards

Professional Development Awards provide support for students to attend major professional meetings at which they present an original paper based on their research. The Graduate School allocates travel funds to each program at the beginning of each academic year. The graduate adviser and graduate coordinator can nominate students for these awards, which are approved and administered by the Graduate School.

School of Nursing Dissertation Awards

The School of Nursing Dissertation Awards are yearly merit-based awards to support outstanding PhD student dissertation research. These scholarships provide financial support to doctoral students who are in the stages of conducting research and writing their dissertation. The awards include:

  • Dean’s Dissertation Award
  • NRSA Student Dissertation Award
  • Stuifbergen Dissertation Award 

Applications are rated on the problem significance feasibility of timeline and methods, the applicant’s scholarly record, and the impact of the work on health or society. Students must have passed the preliminary exam and the dissertation research proposal approved. In addition, applications to extramural and NSRA grants are required for the Dean’s Dissertation and the NRSA Student Dissertation awards respectively.

Award application information is circulated via email to PhD students in March, yearly. For additional information contact Dr. Tracy Demchuk,