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Funding

In a typical year, highly competitive PhD students are provided with a tuition waiver that covers up to 14 hours of graduate tuition. They also receive 10-20 hours per week of graduate research or teaching assistant appointments carrying a salary stipend, health insurance benefits, and a $1,500 conference travel stipend. Although packages can vary from year to year, Minnesota’s doctoral students are among the most highly compensated in US journalism and mass communication graduate programs.

Competitive academic MA students may also receive generous funding, including research or teaching assistant appointments carrying a salary stipend, tuition waivers, health insurance benefits, and a $750 conference travel stipend. Professional MA students are eligible to apply to a growing scholarship program dedicated to students in this professional program. Professional MA students generally do not receive fellowships or assistantships.

SJMC Fellowships

Please note that graduate students don't apply for these funds. The administrative office makes these awards as part of support packages for incoming MA and PhD students.

Stanley W. Carlson Graduate Scholarship 
Hazel Dicken-Garcia Graduate Fellowship 
Herbert Berridge Elliston Graduate Scholarship (video about previous Elliston recipients) 
Arle and Billy Haeberle Scholarship 
Haeberle Broadcast 
Hubbard Broadcast Scholarship 
Hubbard Graduate Fellowship 
Joel and Laurie Kramer School of Journalism Fund 
DJ Leary Strategic Communication Fellowship for Strategic Communication MA
Marsha and Dr. James Marsh Sternberg Scholarship
Tunheim Partnership Scholarship 
Ray Tarleton Strategic Communication Fellowship for Strategic Communication MA
Vincent Bancroft Shea Fellowship 
William D. Wells Graduate Fellowship
William D. Wells Graduate Fellowship in Strategic Mass Communication

Silha Center Research Fellowship in Ethics and Law

Silha Fellowships offer graduate and law students the opportunity to engage in a variety of research projects in media ethics and law. Silha Fellowships are available to graduate students who have demonstrated interest and ability in the study of mass communication ethics and/or law. 

Graduate Assistantships

In addition to scholarship and fellowship awards, graduate students may seek positions as research or teaching assistants. These positions involve quarter- or half-time appointments as assistants to the faculty and staff of the SJMC. Students obtaining assistantships are eligible for resident tuition rates and partial or full tuition waivers depending on their appointment (50 percent tuition waiver for quarter-time assistantship; 100 percent tuition waiver for half-time assistantship), as well as health insurance benefits.

SJMC teaching assistantships are awarded to graduate students who have highly developed verbal proficiency in English and demonstrated degree objectives, scholarly achievement, experience, and financial need. Research assistantships may be available in association with faculty and center research projects.

Other departments across the University often hire graduate students for various positions, which may include teaching, research, or administrative duties. These positions are listed on the Office of Human Resources website.

Research Funding

The University of Minnesota and the SJMC each offer special funding opportunities for conducting graduate student research. These opportunities range from travel funding to help mitigate the cost of presenting research at national conferences to a full fellowship for advanced PhD students ready to embark upon writing their dissertation.

  • Kriss Research Support Grants
    These grants are designed to provide assistance to mass communication MA and PhD students in meeting direct costs associated with research.
  • Ralph D. Casey Dissertation Research Award 
    A bequest to SJMC from funds left by the School’s distinguished first director makes possible these annual awards for outstanding, meritorious dissertation research projects.
  • Conference Travel Funds
    We award travel stipends to graduate students who present refereed papers at academic conferences. MA students are eligible for up to $750 and PhD students are eligible for up to $1,500 in travel grant support annually.

University-wide Fellowships

Numerous scholarship and fellowship opportunities are available to graduate students at the University of Minnesota. For a complete list and application instructions, visit the Graduate Fellowship website.

Qualifications and application process vary by fellowship. Some of these opportunities include:

  • Graduate School Fellowship
    Intended for outstanding new students to the university's graduate programs, these one-year fellowships provide a stipend of approximately $15,000 for the academic year plus tuition for up to 14 credits per semester and full health insurance coverage (fees not included). Students of superior ability who are admitted to the program are nominated for these fellowships by the SJMC faculty.
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowships
    U.S. citizens and permanent residents entering the Graduate School for the first time are nominated. These one-year fellowships provide a stipend of approximately $15,000 for the academic year plus tuition for up to 14 credits per semester and full health insurance coverage (fees not included). Students of superior ability who are admitted to the program are nominated for these fellowships by the SJMC faculty.
  • MacArthur Fellowships
    Students entering doctoral programs will be considered. Applicants should have backgrounds and interests relevant to the issues central to the University's MacArthur Program, which are focused in four broad dimensions of contemporary world society: globalization, society and the ecosphere, war and institutions of violence, and identity and social power.

Loans

For information about educational loans, visit OneStop, or contact the OneStop Student Services office at 612-624-1111 or onestop@umn.edu.

Office of Student Finance

Most University students receive some financial aid to help pay their educational expenses from grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. The Office of Student Finance administers all financial aid programs at the University. For more information on the financial aid process, visit OneStop.

CLA Graduate Funding

The College of Liberal Arts administers competitive research and teaching funding opportunities for graduate students. Learn more about qualifying and how to apply.