All graduate students are considered for funding, based on merit and availability of funds. Funding is awarded via tuition scholarships, research assistantships, or teaching assistantships. The Department strives to be able to provide at least one form of funding for each admitted graduate student at some point during the course of study.

Both University of Iowa-based and externally-based scholarships curtail tuition and living expenses. Consult the Resources webpage for more details.

PhD Student Funding

All PhD students are guaranteed funding for four years as long as progress is being made toward degree.  Funding may continue after four years with departmental approval.  PhD students are funded with research and teaching assistantships.  As well as doing research, learning to teach is an integral part of our PhD program. Students are also encouraged to apply for their own research grants. 

Teaching Assistantships: Teaching Assistant positions consist of working 20 hours per week assisting faculty with teaching lab or discussion sections, grading papers, and holding office hours. You may also be asked to develop and teach lesson plans. 

Research Assistantships: Research Assistant positions consist of working 20 hours per week assisting your faculty mentor in the research lab.  You may also supervise and teach students in the lab. 

Stipend and Scholarship: As part of the assistantship, PhD students receive a stipend and a tuition scholarship that pays all of their tuition and 50% of mandatory fees.  Both the stipend and the tuition scholarship are awarded for the semester of their appointment. 

MA / AuD Student Funding

All MA and AuD students are eligible and considered for funding based on merit and availability of funds.  Funding may come via tuition scholarships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. The Department strives to be able to provide at least one form of funding for each admitted MA and AuD student at some point during their course of study. 

Teaching Assistantships: Teaching Assistant positions are assigned to graduate students based on availability of funding, student schedules, and course level. Teaching Assistant positions for the MA and AuD students consist of working 10 hours per week assisting faculty with teaching lab or discussion sections, grading papers, and holding office hours.

Research Assistantships: Research Assistant positions are generally assigned by individual professors. Research Assistants work 10 hours per week with a faculty member in their research lab. 

Stipend and Scholarship: All graduate students who have been offered an assistantship receive a stipend and a tuition scholarship that pays most of their tuition as well as 50% of mandatory fees.  Both the stipend and the tuition scholarship are awarded for the semester of their appointment. 

Scholarships

Over the years, generous donations have created scholarships to honor specific individuals:

Audiology Assistantship Fund (anonymous donor) for audiology students who exhibit financial need and outstanding academic performance.

Carol & Gerald Nordquist Scholarship is awarded with preference going to a graduate SLP student pursuing studies in neurogenic speech-language disorders. It honors Carol Nordquist, who earned her M.A. at Iowa and provided speech therapy to clients at the UI Center for Disabilities and Development for more than 40 years.

H.L. Morris Scholarship was recently established to honor Hugh Morris's long and distinguished career at Iowa, including his service as Department Chair and head of Speech Pathology at Iowa's Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

J. Bruce Tomblin Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student to support thesis work in the area of child language. Dr. Tomblin retired in 2014 after 36 remarkable years of teaching and research.

Laura Mueldener Memorial Scholarship was created in her name by her family after her passing in 2020; funds support a graduate student in Audiology. 

Laurel Stanzel Scholarship is given to an outstanding student in audiology to honor her memory as an excellent clinician in audiology. After graduating from Iowa's program in Audiology in 1979, sadly she passed away in 1989.

Leland and Esther Ogdahl Fund provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in speech-language pathology who show excellence and professionalism in all aspects of their work.

Kristin Lodge-Miller Memorial Scholarship is given to an outstanding Iowa graduate in speech-language pathology. The scholarship pays tribute to Kristin's excellence in her calling to a career as a speech-language pathologist, which was cut short in an act of violence in 1993.

Marion Myers Peters Scholarship honors Jo Ellen Peters’ parents, who were alumni of Iowa. The funds are used for scholarships for students in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Paul Abbas Scholarship provides funds to be used to support graduate students in the hearing program to reflect his own interest in auditory physiology. During his long history at Iowa, Paul Abbas distinguished himself as a prolific scholar, teacher, mentor, and administrator.

Ray and Alice Barkmeier Scholarship honors the memory of the parents of Alumnus Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer (M.A. 1988, Ph.D. 1994) by supporting graduate students pursuing a career in speech-language pathology at the University of Iowa.

Ruth A. Bentler Scholarship supports graduate students in Audiology and acknowledges the many contributions of Ruth A. Bentler (B.S. 1972, M.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1987), who served CSD as a Clinical Audiologist, Professor, Director of the Hearing Aid Lab, and Department Executive Officer.

Sassine Graduate Scholarship supports a graduate student studying Communication Sciences and Disorders and is named for Nagui and Olga Sassine. Olga has been a longtime friend of the Department, working for the UI Foundation for 30 years as Director of the President's Club.

Shirley and Thomas Salmon Award is given to a speech-language pathology student interested in providing treatment to adult populations. Shirley (M.A. 1962, Ph.D. 1965) and her brother established the award in recognition of her lifelong interest as an educator and clinician working with laryngectomy patients.

Spriestersbach / Hurtig Award recognizes excellence in academic and clinical work. The award was created and is maintained by Richard Hurtig to recognize the contributions of Duane Spriestersbach and his role as a teacher, research and administrator at the University of Iowa.

The Graduate College

The Graduate College offers a wealth of information about funding for graduate students. For more information, visit Funding your UI Education in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa.