Assistantships & Fellowships

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Our department provides a wide range of financial support for graduate students working toward their MA, MS, and PhD degrees,  including teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. Submitting a completed application places you in the pool for funding consideration.



  • Teaching (TA)

    • Between 5 and 10 half-time assistantships are available each year on a competitive basis. Duties involve grading and conducting discussion or lab sessions associated with our introductory courses.

  • Teaching Associate (TA)

    • Available only to senior graduate students; the student is assigned to teach an introductory GGIS course and supervise teaching assistants.

  • Research (RA)

    • Each year, many of the faculty receive support from the Graduate College Research Board, the National Science Foundation, other federal and state agencies and private foundations. These faculty members admit and/or hire qualified graduate students to assist with their research projects. The number of RA positions available and prior training required vary each year. We recommend that graduate applicants contact their prospective faculty advisor(s) directly to inquire about available research funding and opportunities.

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Students with teaching or research assistantships of 25-67% or fellowships of at least $5,000 per semester are eligible to receive a full waiver of tuition and most fees.

Graduate College Fellowships

The UIUC Graduate College offers a variety of competitive fellowships for incoming and continuing students each year, including the Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, Graduate College Fellowships for underrepresented students, and the ASPIRE fellowship for underrepresented students, and the Block Grant Fellowship.