Financial Support

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Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Sociology offers a limited number of teaching assistantships for qualified students. The stipend for a full-time assistantship is $9,000 (2014-15 AY) plus a tuition waiver. Assistantships for the coming academic year are awarded in the spring.

If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, your application materials must be received by the Department no later than February 15th. Should any unanticipated aid money become available, late applicants will be considered along with those whose materials arrived prior to the February 15th deadline. You will be notified of your admission status by March 15th.

Once in residence, you may want to investigate other sources of support available through the University. These include research assistantships, paid internships and University grants and scholarships. Your advisor can help you with the application process.


Graduate students should consider becoming involved in a research project. Most faculty members have projects underway that allow for graduate student participation, which include both paid assistantships (where students assist in collecting interview or focus group data, running experiments, or conducting statistical data analysis), to unpaid opportunities assisting as a part of a research team for course credit. Whether they are paid or working for course credit, students receive training in methods of data collection and analysis, learn about the theoretical context of the research, and get to work closely with faculty members.