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Financial Assistance

A variety of financial assistance packages are available through the department, college, and university for graduate students. Prospective and current students are encouraged to check the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences’ and university’s financial aid websites for the variety of scholarships and awards available. The scholarship deadline is February 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Prospective and current students also are urged to contact professional associations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for scholarships and awards.

Graduate students who are residents of a state other than Tennessee may still be able to receive in-state tuition through the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market.


Financial Assistance for Graduate Students
The department has several types of assistantships available. These include positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Assistants. General information about graduate assistantships is available from the Graduate School website. Specific information about the department’s assistantships is available from its Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Assistantships may be 0.25 or 0.50 time over nine months or twelve months. Assistantships are renewed based upon students’ performance and availability of the assistantship. Students must formally apply for an assistantship to be renewed by January 5 for the following academic year.

Current graduate students in the department who hold, or would like to apply for a teaching assistantship, can apply by filling out an application for a non-grant funded GA/GTA. Submit the application along with the GTA/GA evaluation form (if you are a current GTA/GA), one current reference letter from a current supervisor/advisor/instructor in the Nutrition Department (if you are not currently a GTA/GA), and a graduate transcript by January 5, 2018.

Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates assist in teaching classes, predominantly undergraduate, in the Nutrition Department. Students are assigned to assist with one class per semester. Teaching assistantships are more appropriate for graduate students with Nutrition degrees and who have previous teaching experience.

Graduate Research Assistants aid with implementing research that is being conducted in the Nutrition department. Graduate students with research interests matching with that of current research, or specific skills that complement ongoing research, are more appropriate for research assistantships.


Community Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition Graduate Student Awards
Some financial assistance awards are specific for Public Health Nutrition graduate students. These include:

Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leadership Graduate Assistantships
Public Health Nutrition and Community Nutrition graduate students with documented leadership and experience, and who are Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionists, are eligible to apply to become a Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leadership Trainee. These assistantships are intended for those who plan on working in community or public health nutrition or academia with a focus on the maternal and child population and who plan to become leaders in the field. Stipends for these assistantships are provided by a federally funded training grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Ruth Huenemann Public Health Nutrition Fellowship
On the 50th anniversary of the Public Health Nutrition program at the University of Tennessee, Huenemann’s friends, colleagues, and former students raised funds to support a fellowship in her name. Due in large part to her efforts of writing the grant to establish this program, the University has one of the oldest, most established programs in Public Health Nutrition in the country. Huenemann further re-endowed the award for graduate students who demonstrated professional promise in the field of Public Health Nutrition.

Geraldine Piper Scholarship

Geraldine M. Piper received her master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee in 1947. She established this award to assist future generations of students who wish to pursue a career in Nutrition, particularly Public Health Nutrition. This fellowship is awarded to graduate students in Public Health Nutrition or Community Nutrition.