Students admitted to the program are supported with a research/teaching stipend. The stipend level is determined on a yearly basis and is set at a competitive level with other regional graduate programs. The current minimum level of the stipend is $24,000. The lower cost of living in Knoxville makes this amount comparable to a stipend of $38,000 in Seattle or $40,000 in Washington DC.The GST program offers remission of tuition and health insurance. Retention of support is contingent on a student’s progress and adequate performance in the program. A limited number of fellowships are available on a competitive basis through the Graduate School.