Glossary - Graduate & Professional Students and Postdoc Fellows Payments

Graduate School Stipend (incl. Summer Study Fellowships)

An amount paid to, or for the benefit of a graduate student to aid in the pursuit of study or research. Such grants provide a student with a stipend to assist with academic and living costs while he or she is in school. A portion of such stipend may be considered a qualified scholarship to the extent that the individual establishes that amounts were used for certain required fees. Please refer to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, Chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Tuition Reductions, for guidance with respect to required fees.

Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Payment to a graduate student who is teaching as a part of his or her educational program.

Other Stipends

An amount paid to, or for the benefit of a student to aid in the pursuit of study or research. Such grants provide a student with a stipend to assist with academic and living costs while he or she is in school. A portion of such stipend may be considered a qualified scholarship to the extent the individual establishes that amounts were used for certain required fees. Please refer to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, Chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and tuition Reductions, for guidance with respect to required fees.

Other Wages (Academic Year)

Wages for student employment, project assistantships, and certain research assistantships.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowships to postdoctoral appointees which are funded either from training grants to the University or directly from an outside source.

Postdoctoral Funded Healthcare

Health benefits coverage allowance provided to certain postdoctoral fellows.

Prizes and Awards

A prize or award is generally a payment that is based on a past accomplishment or activity.

Qualified Scholarship

Any amount received by a student as a scholarship or fellowship grant to the extent that the student established that, in accordance with the conditions of the grant, such amount was used for qualified tuition and related expenses.

Research Assistantship

Payment to a student engaged in research under the direction of a faculty member, often funded by external grants or contracts.