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If a student applies to a funding agency outside the university and is awarded a fellowship under their name, the student may receive combined compensation from the outside fellowship and their GRA, up to 130% of the standard GSBS stipend level (or maximum of $41,600 per year rate). The following are some examples of an outside fellowship: National Institutes of Health (NIH) F grant, National Science Foundation (NSF). The following types of fellowship or grant awards are not eligible for the combined award policy: GSBS internal fellowships, appointment to CPRIT, or NIH training grants awarded to the institution.

The advisor or department has the discretion of providing combined compensation between the standard GSBS stipend level ($32,000) and up to 130% of that level ($41,600) during the duration of the student’s outside fellowship. Documentation must be provided (e.g., Notice of Grant Award). At the end of the outside fellowship, the student’s stipend must return to the GSBS stipend level of $32,000 per year.

If the amount of the outside fellowship is, by itself, greater than the 130% limit, the student is permitted to accept and use the fellowship regardless of the amount provided. In such a case, the student may not hold a GRA, nor may the outside fellowship be supplemented by other funds.

International students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents may be restricted by the terms of their visa, and should consult with their advisor at the UT Office of International Affairs.