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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs Funding and Assistantships

Funding Opportunities

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are generally guaranteed at least four years of funding. This funding is generally in the form of a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. Assistantships are half-time appointments (20 hours per week) for nine months, and all students on assistantships are granted a full tuition waiver and health benefits.

Students who have used up their years of guaranteed funding often find work as course instructors or as research assistants in other units on campus, including DGSS (The Division of Governmental Studies and Services), the Foley Institute, or the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Because of the generosity of donors, PPPA also distributes several scholarships and fellowships to continuing students each year. These typically range in amount from $1000 to $4000. Many of our graduate students have secured summer research fellowships through the Foley Institute.

Summer Funding

In addition, many students find paid work during the summer months as a course instructors or as research assistants within or outside PPPA.

Travel Funding

The School makes funding available to assist students who are presenting papers at major conferences. The amount of funding available varies from year to year but generally is sufficient to allow students to travel to one disciplinary conference.

Graduate Coordinator:

Diane Scott
Johnson Tower 801
Phone: 509-335-2545

Useful Link:

Graduate School