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Graduate Student Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Political Science Department Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are available, based on academic merit rather than financial need, to full-time graduate teaching assistants. Teaching Assistantships will qualify the student for the university's tuition benefit program, provided all other tuition benefit program criteria are met.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance from the department, please submit an Application for Financial Assistance. Applications for financial assistance:

  • Are only considered during fall semester admissions process;
  • Must be received by the department no later than January 15.

University Teaching Assistantships

For full-time graduate teaching assistants (first-year graduate students are not eligible). Departments may use the University Teaching Assistants in a variety of ways to enhance undergraduate teaching that graduate student development. Award will qualify the student for the university's tuition benefit program, provided all other tuition benefit program criteria are met.

CSBS Graduate Fellowships

Please consider applying for fellowships offered directly through the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

Scholarship applications are now available.

Submissions are due April 1, 2019.


Graduate Research Opportunities

University of Utah Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

American Political Science Association Grants, Fellowships, and Other Funding Opportunities

Graduate Paper Prizes

University of Utah Political Science Department Graduate Paper Prize

In an effort to bring attention to exceptional scholarly research, the Political Science Department has established an annual award to be presented to the best qualified scholarly paper submitted by a graduate student. Through the years these awards have played an important role in the scholarship and careers of their recipients.

Submit one copy of your paper with a completed Paper Prize Entry Form as a cover sheet. The title page should have no identifying information other than the title of the paper.

  • Information concerning submissions and deadlines should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, MaryAnn Underwood.

Other Graduate Financial Aid Resources

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship was established in 1987 to provide college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a monthly stipend, the Fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. The program also arranges meetings for the Fellows with policy experts. Many former Scoville Fellows have gone on to prominent positions in the field of peace and security. To date, 111 Fellowships have been awarded. Applicants must be graduating seniors. more...

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships encourage U.S. graduate students to add an international dimension to their education. Students already enrolled in internationally oriented programs are encouraged to intensify their study of areas, languages, and cultures. Applicants design their own programs. All fellowships must include study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture. Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both. Students must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning located in the U.S. and be in the process of pursuing a graduate degree at the time the award is made. A service agreement is required. more...

Rotary International offers World Peace Scholarships for two year Master's level degree programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations at one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, be proficient in a second language, possess excellent leadership skills, demonstrate a commitment to peace and international understanding, and hold citizenship in a country where there is a Rotary club. more...

The Fulbright Program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today the Fulbright Program enables students, artists, and other professionals to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Preference is given to students who mostly received their higher education in the U.S. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application, unless otherwise noted. more...

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery efforts from attacks that occur. The program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology human resource base to achieve the DHS mission and objectives. An off-campus research internship at a DHS-designated facility will be required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, beginning or first-year graduate students, and attend an accredited institution in the U.S. or its territories. Students must also be pursuing a degree in the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences including science policy, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Applicants must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Students must indicate a willingness to accept, after graduation, competitive employment offers from DHS, state and local security offices, DHS-affiliated Federal laboratories, or DHS-related university faculty or research staff positions. more...

The Program's goal is to attract outstanding students who will be in Master's Degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. Be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2, be seeking admission to graduate school at a U.S. institution, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher throughout the program. more...

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at NSF (SBE) supports the research that underlies such findings, as well as other research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions. It does this through its Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES). more...

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) provides Humane Studies Fellowships for students who have a clearly demonstrated interest in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and market economies. Students should be interested in applying the principles of the institute's tradition to their work. Undergraduate juniors or seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply. Awards are based on academic and/or professional performance, relevance of one's work to the advancement of a free society, and potential for success. more...

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Last Updated: 9/27/23