Several types of financial assistance are available for graduate students in the department and in the University. The three types of assistance described below are awarded by the department. Students must apply for these awards as part of the regular application process. No separate application is required.
As a general department policy, students who enter into the MA program and continue on in the Ph.D. program are eligible for three years of funding. Additional funding may become available. All students who are funded must remain in good standing in order for funding to be renewed each year. An annual review of all graduate students is conducted.
Most of the department’s teaching assistantships are awarded for two semesters each academic year, although depending on undergraduate student enrollments, additional awards sometimes become available for summer funding. Teaching assistants are expected to work twenty hours per week assisting faculty in teaching undergraduates (conducting discussion sections, grading, and so on). Assistantships provide a tuition scholarship and a stipend.
When departmental resources permit, or funds from outside sources become available, research assistantships may be awarded. Such awards are more limited in number. They consist of a stipend and tuition waiver for which the student is expected to work no more than twenty hours per week.
GSS-Graduate Student Scholarship
This award provides a tuition waiver for a defined number of semester hours. The waiver may not be used to cover costs associated with Ph.D. Dissertation, Ph.D. Continuation, Master’s Continuation, or courses bearing zero credit hours.
Please note that your award may be less than 8 semester hours, but you still must be registered and coded as a full-time student.
Once students complete their course work, they become eligible for a teaching fellow. Teaching fellowships are awarded by the Committee on Graduate Studies after a review of all eligible students. Fellows receive a year of financial support (stipend plus tuition) in exchange for teaching three courses. Recipients may teach either one course in the Fall, and two courses in the Spring (or vice-versa), or one course in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. There are a limited number of fellowships available, and awards are based on academic merit and teaching history. Students are required to have finished all of their Ph.D. course work before being considered. Teaching fellowships are awarded as a continuation of funding for upper-level doctoral students. Fellowships are contingent on budgetary approval through the Provost’s office. Students are eligible to serve as teaching fellows for two years.