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Financial Aid 

The department offers financial assistance in the form of :

  • Graduate (or teaching) Assistant
  • Tuition Scholarships

Both Graduate Assistant and Tuition Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Indicate the types of financial aid for which you wish to be considered on the application for admission. To be considered, you should have the completed application and all required materials submitted to the Graduate College by February 15; awards are announced by April 1.

  • Graduate (or teaching) Assistant
  • Tuition Scholarships

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants carry a stipend plus a tuition scholarship for both the academic year and the adjoining summers. Assistants are expected to carry a full load of 12 hours per semester and to perform a variety of tasks, including assisting the faculty in teaching basic courses and undertaking research assignments, for 15-20 hours per week. Graduate Assistantships may be extended for two additional semester if the student has made satisfactory progress toward the degree, excelled academically, and has performed his/her assigned duties well.

Tuition Scholarships

Scholarships covering tuition expenses alone are awarded on the basis of academic ability. Recipients are required to take a full academic load of 12 credit hours per semester and are required to work six hours per week on departmental assignments. Support may be extended somewhat beyond one year if the student has made satisfactory progress toward the degree, excelled academically, and has performed his/her assigned duties well.

Additional Sources of Support

There are a very limited number of Contemporary History fellowships which are available to Political Science graduate students enrolled in the Contemporary History certificate program. 

Additional forms of support are available for minority graduate students through the Office of Assistant to the Provost for Minority Graduate Recruiting.

FLAS fellowships for graduate studies are awarded to graduate students demonstrating superb academic achievement and a commitment to the study of African languages and area studies. Up to 10 FLAS fellowships are awarded for the study of African languages and area studies during the nine month academic year.