The Political Science Department provides financial assistance for graduate students enrolled in the M.A. program. Aid is available only to students matriculated into the M.A. programs. Financial aid through the department is awarded for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) beginning in the fall semester. Aid is limited and is awarded on a competitive basis by the Graduate Committee.
The forms of financial assistance through the department are:
Appointments are made for one academic year, and include a stipend for the fall and spring semesters, and waiver of tuition for fall and spring semesters, and one J-term course. Graduate assistants are responsible for all fees and other charges as required by the university. Courses must be completed in the semester taken to receive the tuition waiver. Full assistants work 20 hours per week during the academic year for department faculty and administration. Assistantships may be awarded on a half-time basis. All assistantships are for full-time students and are based at the Durham campus. Please see the Graduate Coordinator for more information.
Full-time Tuition Scholarships
Awarded for the academic year. The tuition scholarship is for the fall and spring semesters only, and is in the form of a tuition waiver. Coursework must be completed in the semester taken to receive the tuition waiver. Students are responsible for all fees and other charges as required by the University.
Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for information.
Graduate School Aid
The Graduate School also has a limited amount of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships, including tuition scholarships for part-time students. Information can be found in the Graduate School catalog and on the Graduate School website.
All students who receive financial aid must maintain a high academic record, and, for graduate assistants, high performance in fulfilling the required responsibilities and duties.
Annual Department Awards
Luther and Ruth Cross Shatterly Fund for Political Science
This is a need-based scholarship and fellowship to both graduate and undergraduate students studying political science. This award was created in memory of Amelia Holmes Cross, a former state representative of New Hampshire. Awards are determined by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, or his/her representative.
Graduate Student of the Year Awards
A $50 gift certificate to the Durham Book Exchange is offered to the M.A. Graduate Student of the Year, the M.P.A. Graduate Student of the Year, and the M.P.A. Part-time Graduate Student of the Year.