The Graduate Program in Political Science and International Affairs is able to offer a number of graduate assistantships to qualified applicants. Graduate assistantships include a full tuition waiver (students are still expected to pay fees), stipend, and a work commitment as either a teaching or research assistant.
You must apply for all assistantships through the Departmental Graduate Office. Do not contact the Graduate School about financial support. Most graduate assistantships come from departmental funding sources (SPIA Assistantships). Students who receive support from the Graduate School must be nominated by their department and go through a competitive process.
To apply, fill out the Graduate Assistantship Application and submit with the rest of your program application. All applicants who submit an assistantship application will be considered for funding.
Applicants whose files are complete by November 15 are guaranteed consideration for the first round of awards. Students not receiving support during the first round are eligible in subsequent rounds if funding is still available. Awards follow the following timetable:
Exceptionally well qualified applicants are nominated for a limited number of Graduate School Assistantships
Winners of Graduate School Assistantships are notified.
The first round of SPIA graduate assistantships are awarded to students. All applicants awarded support in March have until April 15 to decide whether to accept the assistantship offer.
If there are SPIA graduate assistantships available after the first round, a second round of offers is made.
Awarding of SPIA assistantships continues until all funds are exhausted.
We are also be able to nominate a limited number of applicants for a Regent’s Out of State Tuition Waiver (ROOSTW), which waives the out of state portion of a student’s tuition. Out-of-state and international applicants are automatically considered for these waivers when they apply to the program.