Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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.  Please check the link below for more details.

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, 2020 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.

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.

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

Maternal and Child Health Public Health Nutrition Graduate Assistantships
Public Health Nutrition students with documented leadership and experience, and who are Registered Dietitians or enrolled in our Dietetic Internship, are eligible for Maternal and Child Health Public Health Nutrition Graduate Assistantships. These assistantships are intended for those who plan on working in public health nutrition with a focus on the maternal and child population and who are or are likely to become leaders in the field. They are provided by a federally funded training grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the US Public Health Service.

Ruth Huenemann Public Health Nutrition Fellowship

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