Every effort is made to find and facilitate funding for graduate students during their time spent on campus. Tuition and fees differ depending on whether a student is designated in-state or out-of-state (non-resident). Please note that it is difficult for out-of-state students to obtain in-state residency over the course of their graduate studies.
Our department has various types of funding opportunities, described in more detail below. By convention, our funding opportunities are labeled "assistantships."
Departmental Teaching Assistantships
The Psychology Department has 20 departmental assistantships available each year for allocation across our Clinical, School, and Experimental graduate programs. Each year, the positions are thoughtfully distributed to our incoming and existing students based on a range of criteria; in particular, we attempt to fund all students as fairly and as evenly as possible. Duties for the assistantships vary, but the typical expectation is that departmental TAs work approximately 20 hours per week.
Compensation: Departmental TAs receive a stipend of $14,800 for the academic year as well as a fee waiver based on their credit load. Certain fees are not included in the waiver: registration, facilities, equipment, and athletic fees. Student health insurance is not waived, but students with other coverage may opt out of university insurance.
Departmental Assistantship examples (not an exhaustive list):
- Psychology 100 Instructor (Introduction to Psychology)
- Psychology 222 TA (Psychological Statistics)
- Psychology 320 TA (Undergraduate Research Methods III)
- Psychology 400 TA (History and Systems)
- Psychology 520/521 TA (Graduate Statistics)
- Psychology 525/583 (Psychological Evaluation I/Educational Assessment and Interventions)
- Psychology 530/526 (Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing/Psychological Evaluation II)
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Community-Based Research and Clinical Assistantships
Several campus-based organizations, as well as Missoula and surrounding area agencies employ our students in research or clinical capacities. Students apply for open positions in the spring and typically begin work in the summer or fall of the following academic year.
Currently, the department offers 2 to 3 grant-funded research assistantship opportunities. Research schedules are worked out individually with the faculty supervisor and do not come with clinical duties.
Clinical assistantships are only available to trained and more advanced graduate students from our applied programs (i.e., Clinical and School). Typically, these outside agencies have a contract with the University to employ our students. Work at clinical assistantships usually occurs two days a week, with the expectation that the students spend the majority of this time working in the respective settings.
Compensation: Community-based clinical assistantship compensation varies from site to site. In many cases, the positions will enable students to pay tuition equivalent to in-state resident students, offer a partial tuition waiver, as well as lodging stipend, if applicable. The department describes assistantships that pay at least $14,800/academic year as offering a "Full Stipend;" assistantships that pay hourly or offer less than the full stipend are described as offering a "Partial Stipend."
Research Assistantships examples (non-clinical positions):
- University of Montana Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service: Pending funding availability the Rural Institute employs graduate students to assist in a variety of research-related activities. Current compensation is $14,800 for the year.
Community-Based Assistantship examples:
- Counseling Services at the UM Curry Health Center (CAPS): Clinical or school graduate students provide supervised individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and couples work to a diverse population of university students. Counseling services trainees perform assessments, conduct initial consultations, generate treatment plans, record progress in an electronic records format, and render psychological diagnoses. Current compensation is $9,000 for the fall through summer, with a fee exchange opportunity.
- Intermountain Community Services Center: School or child-focused clinical graduate students provide psychological assessment and consultation in Helena, Montana. Current compensation is approximately $11,000.
- Missoula Area Education Cooperative: School or child-focused clinical graduate students provide help to students in social, emotional, and behavioral domains, Assessments and consultations are also performed for local schools. Current compensation is $14,800.
- Missoula County Healthy Relationships Project: Clinical graduate students provide supervised individual assessment and psychotherapeutic services to survivors of intimate partner violence and facilitate psycho-educational groups in the Seeley Swan valley. Current compensation is approximately $13.35 per hour for 50 weeks.
- Montana State Hospital: Clinical graduate students provide supervised psychological assessment, consultation with multidisciplinary teams, treatment planning, individual psychotherapy, skills coaching, group education, and skills training at the state hospital in Warm Springs. This is the only state psychiatric hospital, serving a diverse clinical population, located approximately 100 miles from Missoula. Current compensation is $12,744 per year.
- Partnership Health Center: Clinical graduate students provide supervised mental health intake and assessment of patient concerns; on-site therapy, facilitation of counseling group at Missoula's low/no cost medical clinic. This is a unique opportunity for students to work as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes a family medicine residency program at the same site. Current compensation is approximately $8,000 per year.
- Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Behavioral Health Program: Clinical graduate students provide supervised individual, group, co-occurring and other psychotherapeutic interventions for Confederated Salish & Kootenai (CSKT) tribal clients in St. Ignatius. The position is 100% outpatient psychotherapy services, provding primary care coordination for a limited case load. Current compensation is $14,800.
- Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Public Defenders Office: In collaboration with the CSKT Tribal Behavioral Program, clinical graduate students provide supervised evaluations and group treatment for individuals with mental health and chemical dependency diagnosis for CSKT tribal clients in Pablo. Current compensation is $16,937.
- Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC): clinical graduate students provide individual counseling to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and discrimination, provide on-call services, and assist with outreach programming on the UM campus. Current compensation is $14,800.
Additional Teaching Opportunities
Each year additional funding opportunities come from sabbatical or vacancy replacement teaching, as well as teaching openings during Winter Session (3 week), and Summer Session (primarily 4 week) and online courses. Reimbursements are as follows:
$1,100/credit hour for winter session
$1,000/credit hours in summer session
$1,100/credit hours for online teaching
Assignments are made based on teacher ratings, perceived competency and financial need (priority is given to students not receiving full tuition waivers and/or tuition support).
The InPsych Program
The Indians Into Psychology (InPsych) Program offers scholarships to eligible Native American students accepted into the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Montana. Eligible Native American students are those who are "a member of a federally recognized tribe" and who are in good standing academically. Students who accept the scholarship have a required payback; more specifically, for each year they receive the scholarship they must work a year for Indian Health Service. Payback begins after the scholarship recipient is licensed.
The InPsych Program is one of three such programs in the US funded by Indian Health Service (IHS); the University of North Dakota and Oklahoma State University are sister programs. According to Rose Weahkee (personal communication, January 2011) there are a total of 80 psychologists working for IHS and of those 80, 21 are American Indian/Alaska Native psychologists. The effort to recruit and train AI/AN psychologists is an effort to address this dire need. The American Psychological Association (1996) reported that there are fewer than 60 AI/AN psychologists in the US and Canada.
If you have questions about the program, please e-mail Dr. Gyda Swaney, Director (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes)
Please note: the information above on funding opportunties is purely descriptive, subject to change, and does not represent a "contract" of any sort. Although we have a history of providing funding for students, the uncertainty in the marketplace makes it impossible for us to guarantee funding for any particular student. Funding decisions are made year to year, depending on multiple factors, including the students' performance at assistantships, timely progress in the programs, and the Montana State Legislature.
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