The majority of financial assistance for graduate students at Georgia Tech comes from Graduate Assistantships. These assistantships support nearly all of EAS's full-time graduate students. The current EAS stipend for EAS graduate students is $27,500.00, or $2,291.67 per month, and includes full tuition payment.
Graduate Research Assistantships are funded by faculty research grants. Students on Graduate Research Assistantships typically participate in the faculty member's research, by running experiments, analyzing data, doing library research, writing computer programs, and even co-authoring papers. The majority of research assistantships require the student to commit for more than a year.
Graduate Teaching Assistants help faculty by grading, running labs, holding tutorials, etc.
Presidential Fellowships carry an extra stipend (currently $5,500 per year for four years) in addition to the standard assistantship stipend. There are no extra duties. Applicants with a grade point average of 3.6 or better are urged to apply to the Ph.D. program early to ensure consideration for the fellowships. The nomination is made by the School; no further action or forms are required by the applicant.
Georgia Tech students hold a variety of national and local fellowships. Some are determined by national competitions (applications are usually due in early Fall). Some are awarded by the academic departments at Georgia Tech. A few are administered by the Graduate Office, upon recommendation by a graduate coordinator.