Scholarships & Financial Awards

Financial aid at Northeastern University is available through several major sources. First, Northeastern University’s Office of Financial Aid, located at 356 Richards Hall, provides general information on graduate funding and application assistance for federal work-study grants and federal loan programs. Second, the Department of Political Science offers financial support through Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Student Scholarships, Research Assistantships, and, for advanced doctoral students, opportunities to teach courses as Senior Graduate Assistants or adjunct lecturers. Finally, there are various other specialized scholarships and funding offered by other departments and units at Northeastern. All these opportunities are discussed in more detail below.

Office of Financial Aid

Northeastern University’s Office of Financial Aid in 356 Richards Hall provides general information to students regarding various types of funding opportunities.

In addition to providing useful information, they also assist U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and determine federal aid eligibility based on this application. Eligible students may receive federal loans or work-study opportunities through the FAFSA. Please note, your exact eligibility will also be based on your enrollment and other aid you might be receiving.

You can contact the Office of Financial Aid via e-mail at or by calling (617) 373-5899.

Departmental Awards

Departmental financial support consists of Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Student Scholarships, Research Assistantships, and, for advanced doctoral students, opportunities to teach courses as adjunct lecturers or Senior Graduate Assistants.

Please note, we do not require a separate application for any of these awards. New students only need to indicate their interest in assistanship consideration on their admission application and continuing students will automatically be considered when funds are available. Award decisions are made by a committee of the department and are based upon merit. Final award determination will be made by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Students with financial awards through the Department of Political Science must maintain satisfactory academic progress and successfully complete all courses in which they are registered. Additionally, students should refer to the specific terms of their award sent at the time the award is offered.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants (TAs) receive a tuition scholarship as well as a stipend in return for academic assistance to the department related to teaching. Teaching assistants work approximately ten or twenty hours per week (ten for first year PhD students). Students must be full-time to receive Teaching Assistantships and awards are only made to PhD students. Advanced Doctoral Students may be given the opportunity to design and teach courses of their own as they progress through the program.

Research Assistants

Research Assistants (RAs) receive a tuition scholarship as well as a stipend in return for twenty hours per week of research assistance to a faculty member in the department. Students must be full-time to receive Research Assistantships and awarding preferences are given to our PhD students. The availability of these positions is based primarily on funding controlled by specific faculty or research centers.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Graduate Student Scholarship’s (GSSs) provide a tuition waiver (a scholarship) of a predetermined dollar amount. There is no work requirement. GSSs can only be awarded to full-time students.  Both Master’s and Doctoral students are potentially eligible for these awards.

Other Possible Northeastern University Awards

Graduate Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to incoming professional Master’s students based upon academic achievement. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be in the top one third of their program’s incoming class. No separate application is required beyond the admission’s application materials. Students selected for the Dean’s Scholarship will be notified by the Dean’s Office.

The Double Husky Scholarship

Northeastern University offers a 25% tuition reduction to recent NU Alumni and current Seniors across more than 100 Master’s and certificate programs. Find out more by visiting the The Double Husky Scholarship website.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more information on this program please visit Northeastern’s Yellow Ribbon Program website.