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The Geriatric Center offers a variety of funding options to support full-time study. Candidates for these awards must demonstrate scholarly promise as well as a commitment to careers in nursing education and research that will benefit older adults. Funding opportunities include:

  • CGNE Scholar Graduate Assistantships are awarded to doctoral students each year. These encompass a full tuition waiver, a ten-month stipend, and subsidized health care benefits. See “CGNE Scholar Funding Processes” below for more details.
  • A limited number of special scholarships and predoctoral fellowships from the University are awarded each year to graduate students who meet specific criteria. See Funding Resources below.
  • The National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) offer a limited number of predoctoral and postdoctoral two-year scholarships, awarded annually on a competitive basis from among a national pool of applicants. Application details can be found below.

CGNE Scholar Funding Processes

CGNE Scholar Graduate Assistantships are awarded through the College of Nursing on the basis of scholarly promise and demonstrated commitment to the health care of older adults. They are reserved for full-time students and include a part-time, mentored work commitment in support of faculty research in gerontology and related activities.

On acceptance to a gerontology-focused program of study supported by the Geriatric Center, prospective students will receive an offer of admission that includes the Nursing Graduate Programs Scholarship Application form. To indicate your interest in a Geriatric Scholar Graduate Assistantship award, use the personal statement section of the Nursing Graduate Programs Scholarship Application to discuss your abiding interest in gerontology and nursing education.

Funding Resources

The Penn State Graduate School provides funding information for prospective students and maintains a database of external award sources for graduate study.