Experiential Learning and Funding Support
Financial assistance for graduate study in the School of Public Policy & Administration may be provided in the form of research
assistantships generated by faculty research and the SPPA-affiliated research and public service centers.
Research assistantships are competitively awarded to full-time students
who are registered for at least nine graduate-level credit hours in a regular semester. A
graduate research assistantship provides a stipend paid semi-monthly
over the nine-month period from September through May, as well as 90% of
tuition for master’s students and 100% for doctoral students. The
University also pays a portion of health insurance through the graduate
student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. Students in the 4+1
program may work as undergraduate research assistants in their first
year and be paid hourly.
Graduate research assistants are required to work 20 hours per week,
including during the January winter session. We make every effort to
assign students to projects that are related to their research areas,
but assignments are also based on the availability of funding. Research
assistantships may be renewable in subsequent years, subject to funding
availability and provided the student remains in good academic standing
and satisfactorily completes project requirements. Research assistants
may not hold outside employment during the term of the assistantship. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens are eligible.
Research Assistantship Application
If you are interested in being considered for a research assistantship, you must submit the SPPA Supplementary Information Form with your application to the academic program. The form provides the opportunity for you to rank your preference (optional) for the centers in which you might be considered for placement.
You may also use the Supplementary Information Form to indicate your interest in being considered for a University Graduate Scholars Award, if you feel you qualify.
Research assistantships are competitive, and we make every effort to fund as many qualified students as possible. In the last 5 years, approximately 54% of our master's students were hired as research assistants.
Should an assistantship not be available to you, please be sure to investigate other opportunities around campus. Information on other funding opportunities is available here.
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