Funding Opportunities

Every effort is made to find and facilitate funding for graduate students during their time spent on campus. Tuition and fees differ depending on whether a student is designated in-state or out-of-state (non-resident). Please note that it is difficult for out-of-state students to obtain in-state residency over the course of their graduate studies.

Our department has various types of funding opportunities, described in more detail below. By convention, our funding opportunities are labeled “assistantships.”

Departmental Teaching Assistantships

The Psychology Department has 19 departmental assistantships available each year for allocation across our Clinical, School, and Experimental graduate programs. Each year, the positions are thoughtfully distributed to our incoming and existing students based on a range of criteria; in particular, we attempt to fund all students as fairly and as evenly as possible. Duties for the assistantships vary, but the typical expectation is that departmental TAs work approximately 20 hours per week.


Departmental TAs receive a stipend of $14,800 for the academic year as well as a fee waiver based on their credit load. Certain fees are not included in the waiver: registration, facilities, equipment, and athletic fees. Student health insurance is not waived, but students with other coverage may opt out of university insurance.

Departmental Assistantship examples (not an exhaustive list):

  • Psychology 100 Instructor (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Psychology 222 TA (Psychological Statistics)
  • Psychology 320 TA (Undergraduate Research Methods III)
  • Psychology 400 TA (History and Systems)
  • Psychology 520/521 TA (Graduate Statistics)
  • Psychology 525/583 (Psychological Evaluation I/Educational Assessment and Interventions)
  • Psychology 530/526 (Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing/Psychological Evaluation II)

Research Assistantships

Faculty mentors may have grant-funded Research Assistant positions available. The selection process is at the discretion of the faculty member awarded the grant. Generally, these positions are offered to that faculty member’s graduate students. The duration and compensation rates vary depending on the allowances of the granting agency.

 In addition, several campus-based organizations employ our students in research assistantships. Students apply for open positions in the spring and typically begin work in the fall of the following academic year. Currently, the department offers 2 to 4 grant-funded research assistantship opportunities.

Research Assistantship example:

University of Montana Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service: Pending funding availability the Rural Institute employs graduate students to assist in a variety of research-related activities. Current compensation is $14,800 for the year.

Additional Teaching Opportunities

Each year additional funding opportunities come from sabbatical or vacancy replacement teaching, as well as teaching openings during Summer Session (primarily 4 week) and online courses. Reimbursements are as follows:

  • $1,000/credit hours in summer session
  • $1,000/credit hours for online teaching

Assignments are made based on teacher ratings, perceived competency and financial need (priority is given to students not receiving full tuition waivers and/or tuition support).

Please note: The information provided here is purely descriptive, subject to change, and does not represent a "contract" of any sort. Although we have a history of providing funding for students, the uncertainty in the marketplace makes it impossible for us to guarantee funding for any particular student. Funding decisions are made year to year, depending on multiple factors, including the students’ performance at assistantships, timely progress in the programs, and the Montana State Legislature.