Presidential Graduate Research Assistantships

To enhance graduate research, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will competitively award up to 75 new Presidential Graduate Research Assistantships (PGRAs) annually to outstanding students from around the world joining its research-based Master’s programs to enhance graduate research.

Awarded to:
New, full time graduate students who enroll in a research-based masters program.

Up to $34,176

How to Apply:
Step 1: Submit a complete graduate application online at (Including all admission requirements.)
Step 2: Email your program coordinator and express your interest in the PGRA.  To be considered, you must be recommended by the program coordinator.

We are currently not accepting applications for this scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will I be notified if I am a recipient of the PGRA?
You will be notified via email. A PGRA award letter will be sent to you from your Executive Vice President of Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development.

Can the PGRA be combined with the Graduate Dean’s Scholarship or any other fellowship?
No, the PGRA cannot be combined with the Dean’s Scholarship or scholarships, assistantships or fellowships such as, but not limited to, those from NIH, NSF, DOD, or USDA, etc.

How will the PGRA award be distributed?
Year 1: $9,600 in stipend over 12 months plus up to $7,788 in scholarship to cover tuition & fees* for up to 18 credit hours taken 9 per semester; students register for a zero-credit research experience course in the summer [$17,388 total]  *for international students 50% of health insurance cost will also be covered for year 1. 
Year 2: Students fulfilling all PGRA expectations outlined below for year 1 will be eligible to receive Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) at $1,000 per month for two semesters (9 months) plus up to $7,788 scholarship to cover tuition & fees for up to 18 credit hours, depending upon the program [$16,788 total].

Can I be considered for the PGRA if I am applying into a Doctoral program?
No, the PGRA is only for new, full time graduate students who enroll in a research based masters program.

What are the expectations if I receive this award?
To continue to receive PGRA funding from semester to semester, all student awardees are required to:

  • Submit a completed research proposal, Thesis Committee form and signed degree plan before the end of the first semester.
  • Submit a research progress report before the end of the second semester and every semester thereafter.
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.30 at all times.
  • Attend the mandatory PGRA Orientation and other professional development events.
  • Comply with the UTRGV Assistantship requirements
  • F1 visa holders are required to pay the mandatory health insurance.

Additional Questions:
For any additional questions you can email