UT Dallas supports its chess team through competitive scholarships. Students may apply by submitting a recruitment form directly to the program director after reading the important information here.

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If you are interested in applying:
Please fill out our Recruitment Form to become a member of the UT Dallas Chess Team.

Chess Scholarships

Undergraduate Students: There are three categories of Chess Scholarships for undergraduates: Chess I, Chess II and Chess III. To read more details about the chess program scholarships, please go to Chess Program Scholarships. These undergraduate scholarships are not limited to entering freshmen. See Transfer Students below.

Graduate Students: There are a limited number of scholarships available to students for graduate studies. High rated titled players (GMs and IMs), pursuing a master's degree program, should contact Director Jim Stallings for more information.

Admissions Process: It is very important that both U.S. and international students understand the steps in the admissions process to become eligible to be considered for a Chess Scholarship. Everyone must complete an on-line application in order to be recognized as an applicant by the University system. Decisions on admission to UT Dallas and Chess Scholarship awards are made continuously upon receipt of completed application materials. Students who are awarded a Chess Scholarship will be informed of their award soon after receiving notification of admission to UT Dallas. Funds available for each year's new scholarship awards are limited, and admission applications that are completed after February 1, will be considered for scholarship awards contingent upon availability of funding.

February 1 To guarantee an admission decision prior to the March 31 deadline, applicants should submit a completed application for admission with all required materials prior to February 1.
March 1 Priority consideration for scholarships is given to students who are admitted to the University by March 1.

Mandatory for all students: UTD Chess Scholarships are available only to students who are accepted to and matriculate at UT Dallas. Thus, it is very important to be admitted to the University as soon as possible in order to be considered (see Admissions above). To maintain the award, the student must earn at least 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.

Transfer Students: The Transfer Student Admission Process requires that students follow guidelines that will vary according to the number of transferable hours. Please read these requirements to determine whether an SAT exam is needed.

International Students: The MOST CRITICAL factor is that students allow time to schedule, study, and take the TOEFL and SAT exams, which are listed on the admissions webpage. Ideally, a student will start reading this webpage the spring semester (March-May) the year before a scholarship is to be awarded. International students need extra time since TOEFL and SAT exams are not always easy to schedule.

Academic performance must be high. Thus, students may wish to take the exams a second time to improve their scores. Please read My Experience with the SAT Exam by IM Marko Zivanic. In the spring semester, even after admission to the University and the award of a scholarship, there will still be some time required for paperwork to submit for visas.


Maintaining Chess Scholarships: Once a scholarship is granted, these guidelines will apply to ensure a student is still eligible to continue benefitting from the scholarship.

Titled Players: International Masters and Grandmasters are invited to contact Jim Stallings. The U.S. Chess Federation rule restrictions for titled players, such as International Masters and International Grandmasters, have been amended to allow older students to compete on college chess teams. For more information, see Chess Eligibility.

More information: If you have questions on any of the above, please contact the Chess Program Director, Jim Stallings.