Graduate Financial Opportunities

The list of financial assistance is available to applicants who have been accepted into the Plant Science, Plant Pathology or Cell and Molecular Biology Programs.
  • Individuals must request consideration as a candidate for assistance in their application and letter to the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas.  Tuition is also paid for all students, whether appointed on assistantship or fellowship.

Graduate Research Assistantships:

  • Contact Dr. Kenneth Korth; kkorth(@)uark.edu for more information.

 Also available for exceptionally qualified doctoral applicants through the  Graduate School:

Doctoral Academy Fellowships:

 Candidates for Doctoral Academy Fellowships in Plant Science should have:

  • An outstanding undergraduate and M.S. program of study;
  • A demonstrated rigorous record of study with a graduate GPA of at least 3.65/4.0;
  • An MS in plant pathology, horticulture, or relevant biological science;
  • Candidates with outstanding undergraduate backgrounds, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.9 or better, and three or more years of work experience in a relevant discipline may be considered.
  • GRE score
  • A record of publication in high quality journals based on work emanating from their undergraduate or M.S. research;
  • Demonstrated mastery of verbal, writing, and research skills;
  • Evidence of intellectual achievement and formulated professional goals; and
  • Letters of reference documenting levels of research, initiative, and promise.

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships:

 Candidates for a Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship in Plant Science should have:

  • Outstanding undergraduate and M.S. programs of study at a distinguished institution;
  • A rigorous record of study with a graduate GPA of at least 3.85/4.0;
  • An MS in plant pathology, horticulture, or related plant or biological science;
  • Candidates with outstanding undergraduate backgrounds, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.9 or better, and three or more years of work experience in a relevant discipline may be considered;
  • A GRE score of at least 320 or 1200 with the old scoring system (V + Q) and 5.5 (W);
  • A record of publication in prestigious peer-reviewed journals as first author based on work emanating from their undergraduate or M.S. research;
  • Demonstrated mastery of verbal, writing, and research skills;
  • Evidence of high intellectual achievement, professional goals, and skills;
  • Evidence of leadership and independence; and letters of reference documenting levels of research, initiative, and promise.
  • 3 (three) letters of reference documenting levels of research, initiative, and promise.

Additional Awards Available To Graduate Students

  • D.A. Slack Award:  This is a one-time award to the outstanding MS student in Plant Pathology who has completed the first year of their program. (Application Form) 

  • K.S. Kim Award:  This award provides financial assistance to a Ph.D. or M.S. student, conducting research in Plant virology and demonstrating dedication to the enhancement of the science of plant virology.  This monetary award is intended to further the student's educational and professional development through the purchase of books and/or scientific journal subscriptions, joining scientific societies, travel to professional meetings and conferences, or other similar and appropriate uses. (More information)