The Physics Department has about 105 teaching assistant (TA) positions for support of incoming and continuing Ph.D seeking graduate students. New students typically receive a commitment for two years of funding as a TA, contingent upon adequate progress toward completing the degree. Within this two-year period, most students transition to research programs that support students on graduate research assistantships (GRA) funded by federal research programs. For areas of physics in which federal grants are scarce, students may continue research while supported on TA positions or fellowships.

First-year graduate TA positions can be augmented with one of the department's endowed fellowships, and new Provost’s Graduate Excellence Fellowships are available for some students.

Provost’s Graduate Excellence Fellowships

Exceptional incoming science students accepted into our graduate program are candidates for the prestigious new Provost’s Graduate Excellence Fellowship.

The University of Texas at Austin is working to identify talented and exemplary graduate students to receive five years of fellowship support. The goal is to help selected students excel in their vital role of advancing research, mentoring undergraduates, and fostering discovery alongside our top-tier faculty.

The graduate program is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of candidates of the highest promise these competitive multi-year fellowships.  Students with outstanding academic records and those who have established a track record of success as researchers and innovators will be automatically considered for these elite awards.

Provost’s Fellowship support includes an annual stipend of $30,000.* In addition, fellows receive up to $10,000 over five years in research and travel support, a waiver of tuition and fees, and University medical benefits. The total compensation package is valued at over $240,000 per recipient.

* For two of the five years, fellows receive these stipends as standalone support. The remaining three years tie stipends to work as a teaching assistant or a graduate research assistant in a faculty member’s lab. Students are asked to teach two long semesters only, as this amount of time instructing others is considered optimal for our graduate students' professional development.

Departmental Endowed Fellowships:

These are intended as support in the summer semester. There are also both TA and GRA positions available in the summer. We also receive fellowship funds from the graduate school.

C. Paul Boner Graduate Fellowship in Physics

Jane and Mike Downer Graduate Fellowship in Laser Physics in Memory of Glenn Bryan Focht

Dr. Byron P. Leonard Endowed Presidential Fellowship

Richard N. Lane Scholarship in Physics

Robert N. Little Graduate Fellowship in Physics

Arthur Lockenvitz Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Experimental Physics

F. A. Matsen Graduate Fellowship in Physics

Michiro Naito Endowed Fellowship in Physics

Peter and Eva Riley Graduate Fellowship in Physics

H. Wayne Rudmose Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics

The John A. Wheeler Fellowship in Physics