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Assistantships & Awards

The Political Science Department has been allocated a limited number of graduate assistantships to support doctoral students (master’s students are ineligible for departmental funding). While a primary purpose of the assistantship is to support students in the doctoral program, assignment of assistantship duties is also based on departmental needs.

Over the course of a graduate student’s career, he or she can expect to have a mix of teaching and research assignments. Each semester, graduate assistants and faculty are polled to ask their preferences in assignments. While every effort is made to accommodate student preferences, departmental needs are the most important criterion. Assistantships are awarded competitively, primarily at the time of admission to the program, though non-funded doctoral students currently in the program may apply for funding early in the spring semester. Students entering the doctoral program with a bachelor’s degree are eligible for four years of continued funding; those entering with a master’s degree in political science are eligible for three years of continued funding. Departmental assistantships currently carry a stipend of $14,000, plus 12 credits of tuition waiver per semester.