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Financial Support

All admitted applicants to the SUSAG major will be financially supported by a graduate assistantship throughout their tenure in the program. Assistantships are through faculty-supported research grants (research assistantships) and/or departments (teaching assistantships). Assistantships pay a monthly stipend, include a tuition scholarship (100% PhD, 75% MS), and provide single coverage health insurance at no charge. Tuition balances are calculated at the Iowa resident rate regardless of residency. Assistantships are identified by the nominating faculty member during the admission process. When contacting faculty members, applicants should inquire about the availability of assistantships.

Additional information on graduate assistantships, tuition and fees, and health insurance is available on the Graduate College website.

All new nominated applicants will be considered for a Sustainable Agriculture Fellowship, which provides assistantship support equivalent to a 1/4-time appointment for 9 months. Current Iowa State graduate students are not eligible. Awards are based on a competitive review of academic credentials.

Additional financial support opportunities are available through the Graduate College to historically underrepresented groups.

  • George A. Jackson Award 
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholarship
  • Diane Brand Scholarship for Women

Gary and Ann Holck Graduate Scholarship in Sustainable Agriculture

Gary and Ann Holck of Spencer, Iowa established an endowed scholarship for students in the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) at Iowa State University. Gary and Ann are committed to the sustainability of our agricultural systems, especially reducing the impacts of nutrients on water quality. Their generous donation will help support students pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Sustainable Agriculture.

Gary and Ann met as undergraduate students at Iowa State University. After earning graduate degrees in Vermont and Missouri, the Holcks returned to Iowa, establishing Holco Agriproducts, a livestock feed company.

The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture would like to thank Gary and Ann Holck for their generous support of the program and its students who are working to address the sustainability challenges that agriculture faces.

  1. Availability: Two scholarships of $2,000 each 
  2. Must be a Sustainable Agriculture major or co-major.
  3. Must be a graduate student (MS or Ph.D.) at the time of scholarship disbursement.
  4. Preference will be given to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

A call for nominations is held during one of the academic semesters.