Financial Support

The majority of graduate students in the department are supported by Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). GRAs are usually associated with the various research projects that are administered by our faculty. Most research assistantships are on a part-time basis for 12 months each year. The standard appointment is at 49% time (0.49 full time equivalent or FTE). The department does not offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Applicants should contact individual faculty members directly about the availability of GRAs. Applicants should identify members of the Graduate Faculty whose research coincides with their own interests and professional goals. Prospective students may first want to explore the webpages of Graduate Faculty members to obtain some idea of their research interests and experience. Next, call or email the appropriate faculty member(s) to inquire about their current research activities and the availability of a GRA. Be aware, however, that a faculty member will likely not commit funds to support an applicant until after he or she has examined the applicant's complete file. Furthermore, an offer of an assistantship is contingent upon the applicant's admission to Oregon State University.

The amount of graduate assistantship stipends depends upon the fractional appointment, usually from 0.20 to 0.49 of a full-time equivalent (FTE). Stipends are tied to the base rate established by the university and typically increase 2-3% per year. Current stipends at the 0.49 appointment level are $21,666.92/yr for M.S. candidates and $23,743.44 /yr for Ph.D. candidates. Higher stipends may be negotiated. Salaries at other fractional appointments are proportionally less. Students supported by graduate assistantships at the level of 0.20 or above pay student fees of about $546 per term. Tuition, however, is waived. The specific amount of a graduate assistantship is determined by the major professor. The decision is based on the experience and qualifications of the student and available funds.

Graduate Research Fellowships

ARCO-Swallow Graduate Research Fellowships

The Department of Horticulture offers ARCO-Swallow Fellowships to recruit outstanding applicants. An ARCO-Swallow Fellowship increases the base research assistant stipend of students by $3,000 per year over the course of the student’s graduate career. Applications are open to all students with an offer to enroll in the M.S. or Ph.D. program or with less than1 year residency in the program. Applications are submitted jointly by the student and his or her major advisor. Interested students should talk with their major advisors about the possibility of applying for ACRO-Swallow support.

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