Supplementation Policy for Graduate Student Support

Supplementation by employment within the University is restricted to the policies set forth in Academic Apprentice Personnel Manual. Supplementation of fellowships and traineeships funded by federal, state, or private agencies is further restricted by the limits, if any, set forth by the particular funding agency. Recipients of these types of awards should consult either the appropriate outside agency or the Division of Graduate Education Fellowships & Financial Services Office.

Additional Limitations on Graduate Student Supplementation: Federal Policy Statements



The institution may, if it deems such action desirable, augment NSF Fellows’ stipends from institutional funds in such amounts as are in accordance with the supplementation policies of the fellowship institution. In the context of this guideline, funds that the institution has obtained from external (including federal) sources may be considered as institutional funds.


A fellow may accept limited employment during the fellowship period, preferably in a job related to his or her field of study, provided that such employment does not prolong the time normally required to complete the fellow’s course of study.


The following basic policy statement applies to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Individual Postdoctoral Program; Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) Pre- and Postdoctoral Program; and Institutional Grants for Pre- and Postdoctoral Trainees for National Research Service Awards(NRSA).

Institutions may supplement stipends as necessary from institutional resources. However, no supplementation may be provided from Federal funds unless specifically authorized under the terms of both the program from which such supplementary funds are to be received and the program whose funds are to be supplemented. This is not intended to discourage in any way the use of Federal loan funds.

Supplements to stipends may be provided without obligation on the part of the trainee or may be conditioned on the trainee’s performance of certain services such as teaching or serving as a laboratory assistant. Under no circumstances, however, should the service requirements detract from or prolong the training.

NRSA may not be held concurrently with another federally-sponsored fellowship or similar Federal award which provides a stipend or otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA. This provision does not apply to a sabbatical salary. An individual may accept concurrent educational remuneration from the Veterans Administration (e.g., G.I. Bill) and loans from Federal funds.