Funding and Financial Aid

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CONTACTING US

Main Office

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
UW-Madison
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

Email: rpseinfo@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Funding and Financial Aid

This information was updated in October 2019. For updated information on funding and financial aid, please contact ​Kayla Armstrong, Student Services Coordinator, at armstrongalf@wisc.edu. 

Funding for Special Education Doctoral Students

Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant Positions

Some qualified applicants to the doctoral program are offered a guarantee of ​four years of funding as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants. Funding may be available beyond the initial ​four year commitment but is not guaranteed. Teaching Assistant positions include work in assisting a professor with an undergraduate course or supervising practicum or student teaching courses. Research Assistant positions include work on research grants supervised by Special Education faculty.  The Special Education area also offers an application process for additional open TA positions in Special Education.

University Fellowship

One or two applicants to the doctoral program is selected as a nominee to the University Fellowship competition in the Social Sciences. Recipients of the fellowship receive tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance.

Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS)

One or two eligible applicants to the Special Education doctoral program are selected to receive the Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS) fellowship each year. Recipients of the fellowship receive two years of fellowship funding including tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance. For more information, see: EdGRS Fellowship.

School of Education Scholarships for Doctoral Students

The School of Education may offer graduate scholarships including the Arvil S. Barr and the Christine and Philip Lodewick fellowships. School of Education graduate awards generally prioritize doctoral students. Students are notified of the application process by the RPSE department in February or March. Recipients are selected by the School of Education Scholarships and Fellowships Committee and are notified in April or May. See School of Education Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students for more information.

Funding for Special Education Undergraduate and Master's Students

The Special Education program assists in the selection of recipients for some School of Education scholarships including: The Ruth Alice Howell and Miriam Howell Jones Scholarship, the Robert C. and Pamela Kelly School of Education Fund, the Helen C. Kirk Scholarship, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Schauss Family Scholarship, the Judith Sloan Scholarship, and the Tina Weintraub Fund.  Applicants and current students in the undergraduate programs in Special Education and Elementary Education-Special Education Dual Certification, and in the master's with teacher certification program are invited to apply for these scholarships in January or February. Recipients are notified of awards in April or May. More information about these scholarships is available at UW-Madison Scholarships.

TEACH Grants

These grants are set up as a forgivable loan, and are administered through the Office of Financial Aid and the School of Education​. TEACH grants are open to eligible students pursuing Special Education teacher certification. See this site for more information. 

Funding for Special Education Master's Students

Funding information specifically for Special Education Master's students can be found on our "Special Education Master's Students Grants and Funding" page. 

Funding for Clinical Rehabilitation ​Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Scholarship

The scholarship provides $6,000 toward tuition and a stipend of $2400 per semester for full-time students during fall or spring, and $4,200 toward tuition and a one-time stipend payment of $1,680 in summer. Each semester, applicants and current students in the Clinical Rehabilitation ​Counseling are notified by the RPSE department of the scholarship application process. 

The purpose of the RSA scholarship is to increase the supply of qualified professionals to work for state VR agencies (i.e., the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or the comparable agencies in other states) or other agencies and programs that cooperate with state VR agencies in serving their clientele. The scholarship is structured as a forgivable loan and requires a commitment to work in VR or their contracting agencies after graduation for one year in exchange for each semester of scholarship received. 

Project and Research Assistants

A variety of research and demonstration projects are conducted by individual professors, usually through some form of external funding. The projects frequently have budgeted research and/or project assistantship positions for which recipients are selected by the project director. Professors are notified of potential candidates for such positions from among those applying for admission. Salary is based on percentage of time committed, and appointments are usually for no less than one-third time.  Appointments with a semester percentage of one-third time or more provide tuition remission, a stipend, and benefits including health insurance. 

Teaching Assistants

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available for full-time Ph.D. level students. These appointments are made by the Rehabilitation Psychology Area faculty. Typically, teaching assistants assist faculty with lecture, practicum or internship courses. Salary is based on percentage of time committed, and appointments are usually for no less than one-third time.  Appointments with a semester percentage of one-third time or more provide tuition remission, a stipend, and benefits including health insurance. 

University Fellowship

One applicant to the doctoral program is selected as a nominee to the University Fellowship competition in the Social Sciences. Recipients of the fellowship receive tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance. 

Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS)

One or two applicants to the doctoral program are selected to receive the Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS) fellowship each year. Recipients of the fellowship receive two years of fellowship funding including tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance. For more information, see: EdGRS Fellowship.

School of Education Scholarships for Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral Students

Students are invited to apply for scholarships that are offered specifically for School of Education students in January or February and recipients are notified of awards in April or May. More information about these scholarships is available at https://scholarships.wisc.edu/Scholarships/

Departmental Conference or Research Travel Grants

The Graduate School is sometimes able to provide funds for departmental research/conference travel grants. If grants are available, students are notified in September of the application process. 

Other University Scholarships and Funding Resources for Graduate Students
Graduate Student Research and Conference Awards

Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

Selected External Fellowships of Interest

Spencer Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program
Ford Foundation Fellowships

UW-Madison Graduate School Additional Resources and Links

Graduate School Funding Resources and Links

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