All graduate students admitted to our program are provided with guaranteed financial support during their first five years in residence. All students receive a fee waiver to cover tuition costs and a monthly stipend to cover most living expenses, including health insurance. Although not guaranteed, funding beyond the fifth year is also typically available.
First and second year students primarily work as Graduate Assistants for approximately 20 hours per week and assist faculty members with large sections of undergraduate sociology courses. After their second year, in which they complete a course in teaching Sociology, students are typically funded as Independent Instructors and teach an undergraduate course in their specialty area of Sociology. The department also provides travel funds for graduate students to present papers at professional meetings annually.
Additional financial support for graduate students in Sociology comes from a variety of other sources, both inside and outside the University. In recent years, our advanced graduate students have competed successfully the prestigious University Presidential Fellowship for Dissertation Research. The Graduate School offers an array of additional opportunities for securing additional research and travel funds.
Extramural support is also common. Several graduate students have won prestigious support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program and The Fulbright Program to name a few. Students can also work as research assistants and receive funding through the research grants of faculty members. Our faculty are extremely successful in securing national research grants and students have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, The National Institutes of Health and others.