The Political Science Department provides financial assistance for graduate students enrolled in the M.A. and the M.P.A. Programs. Aid is available only to students matriculated into the M.A. or M.P.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 about financial aid provided through the Political Science Department.
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 catalogue 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.