|There are many opportunities for graduate students to receive funding in order to pursue of a doctoral degree at Texas A&M.
DEPARTMENTAL GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Full-time graduate students are often funded through departmental graduate assistantships. All funded graduate students serve as teaching assistants, and some have the opportunity to also serve as research assistants to graduate faculty in the department. An assistantship requires a student to work the equivalent of 3 course teaching load per year (a 2-1 or 1-2 load for the first three years, and a 1-1 or a 2-0 load on the 4th year provided the student meets benchmarks). Stipends for assistantships currently stand at $18,000 plus a tuition waiver. All appointments are awarded for 9 months, include competitive monthly stipends, and health insurance benefits; additional summer teaching appointments are sometimes available. 64-Hour Ph.D. students may hold an assistantship for a maximum of four years, 96-Hour Ph.D. students for a maximum of five years.
UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS FELLOWSHIPS
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies as well as the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University offer a number of competitive fellowships for outstanding applicants. These fellowships include: Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Lechner Fellowship, Diversity Fellowship, and the Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship (exclusively for prospective students with a Bachelors degree from Texas A&M). Fellowship candidates are nominated by the department; as such, prospective students do not directly apply for these awards. However, in order to be fully considered for these fellowships, completed applications for admission must be received by Dr. Poirot no later than December 15.
TRAVEL & RESEARCH GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS
Graduate students in the Department of Communication are expected to present research at academic conferences. In order to help defray the costs of travel associated with academic conferences and research, students have the opportunity to apply for a number of research and travel grants offered by the department, college, and university. These awards include (but are not limited to):
|See the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) for the university resources for funding graduate research.