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Funding Opportunities for Prospective Students

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. In addition, top students may be nominated for University or Liberal Arts fellowships and awards. Typical financial packages include a generous stipend plus tuition and 80% of health insurance costs. Assuming satisfactory progress, this support is granted for the duration of graduate study.

Breakdown of Possible Fellowships/Awards

Graduate Assistantships

    • Awarded on a competitive basis
    • Teaching and/or research assignments
    • Assuming satisfactory progress, support is granted for duration of graduate study
    • Tuition coverage
    • Covers 80% of health insurance costs
    • see health insurance for more information
    • semester release in dissertation year

Sparks Fellowship

    • Used for students in the Humanities
    • Top students may be nominated by the graduate committee
    • Provided by the College of the Liberal Arts
    • Provides one year off from teaching and/or research assignments
    • Tuition coverage
    • Covers 80% of health insurance costs
    • see health insurance for more information
    • semester release in dissertation year

University Graduate Fellowship

    • Top students may be nominated by the graduate committee
    • Provided by the Graduate SchoolProvides one year off from teaching and/or research assignments
    • Tuition coverage
    • Covers 80% of health insurance costs
    • see health insurance for more information
    • semester release in dissertation year

Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards Program

    • Top students may be nominated by the graduate committee
    • Provides additional funding (“top-off” funding) for duration of program
    • Provided by the Graduate School
    • The first year provides a reduced teaching load of one course per semester (or equivalent assignment)
    • Provides a summer stipend (provided you enroll for summer session)
    • Tuition coverage
    • Covers 80% of health insurance costs
    • see health insurance for more information
    • semester release in dissertation year

Graduate Scholars

    • Provided for students already awarded assistantships or fellowships
    • Top students may be nominated by the graduate committee
    • Provided by the College of the Liberal Arts
    • Provides additional funding (“top-off” funding) for two to three years

Additional Information

  • The most common type of funding is a half-time teaching assistantship. For a half-time teaching assistantship (currently 3 courses over two semesters), students are expected to work 20 hours per week on teaching or research assistant activities. That expectation holds for both semesters. Students in their one-course-instruction semester are expected to translate any hourly gain in instructional workload to the areas of research or scholarship.
  • The department provides travel funding for presentations at national and regional conferences.
  • You will have the option of applying for summer funding (teaching or research).
  • The College of the Liberal Arts makes travel and dissertation awards available to graduate students. Dissertation awards can be in the form of a research fund or one semester release time.
  • The Department makes research awards available to graduate students for pre-dissertation projects.