Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

Department of Sociology Graduate Assistantship


We offer a limited number of full-time positions which require 20 hours of work per week, usually fulfilled by teaching two sections of undergraduate public speaking each semester. The position requires enrollment in 12 hours of graduate credit each semester.

Duration of Funding

We normally offer 4 years of assistantship for funded PhD students, and 2 years for MS students. Contracts are for one year, with renewal depending on progress in the degree program and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties.

Benefits of Assistantships

Assistantships provide these benefits:


-Tuition waiver

-Health insurance program (see the Graduate School benefits page for details)

Applying for Funding

A question on the Graduate School application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. If you check yes, you will respond to additional questions and be added to our list of candidates. All new positions begin in the fall semester.

Please note that you do not require separate application to be consider for Graduate Assistantships.

Sponsor By

Department of Sociology

Application Open Dates

Same as admissions


January 15

Application Form


Contact Person

Tish Glosh


Patricia and John Edwards Fellowship

Given to an incoming graduate student in the Sociology Department as determined by the chair/department head in conjunction with the Graduate Director. Based on merit. Monetary award.

Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award

Given to a doctoral student who has responsibility reaching his or her own undergraduate course. The recipient for this award is selected the by the Departmental Teaching Excellence Committee as exemplifying particularly outstanding skill and dedication to our teaching mission.

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Given annually to a graduate student, as chosen by members of the faculty, who has made a significant contribution to scholarship in one of our disciplines.

Laura Taylor Africana Studies Scholarship

Given to a financially needy student from underrepresented populations who are enrolled in Africana Studies. Monetary award.

Department Nominations for Several Fellowships