Financial Support

Students are admitted to our graduate program, either with or without financial support, depending on their qualifications and availability of funding. Fellowships and assistantships are highly competitive and usually available to applicants of the fall semester.

Each year, one or two Excellence Fellowships are awarded to the most deserving applicants. To be eligible, all application materials must be received by December 15. There are also other fellowships available in the university ( Below are the general criteria for admission with possible financial support. Please note that meeting these criteria does not automatically guarantee financial support since there are usually more qualified applicants than funding available.

  • Excellent academic records from food science, chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, or other related science disciplines (minimum GPA: 3.8/4.0)
  • Three very strong letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals
  • Minimum GRE scores: 162 verbal and 163 quantitative (equivalent to the prior scale of 630 verbal and 780 quantitative)
  • For international student who native languages are not English: Excellent TOFEL scores (minimum IBT internet-based scores of 28 for writing, 26 for speaking, 29 for reading, and 26 for listening). The acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 8.0.
  • Strong personal statement (1 page description of why you want to obtain a graduate degree in Food Science at Rutgers) 
  • Publications (especially in peer-reviewed journals), professional activities, leadership skills and experiences are pluses
  • Some scholarships requires US citizenship or permanent residency

Graduate assistantships are typically provided by professors with research funding. There are only one or two teaching assistant positions in the department, but our students may also apply for teaching assistant positions in other departments.

Usually, our graduate students have a better chance of getting full or partial financial support after being in the department for a semester or more, such as working as research graduate assistants, hourly paid graduate students, or paid interns in companies through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT). During the course of study, many of our graduate students also receive scholarships with financial awards ranging from $500 to thousands of dollars.