Financial assistance for graduate study in the Biden School of Public Policy & Administration may be provided in the form of research
assistantships generated by faculty research and the Biden School-affiliated research and public service centers.
Research assistantships are competitively awarded to full-time Biden School 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.