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Funding

All students admitted to the graduate program are guaranteed five years of financial support through fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, or graduate instructorships. Continued financial support is contingent upon timely and satisfactory progress in the program.

Financial support includes:

Fellowships & Awards

The Department of Sociology and the College of Liberal Arts award a variety of year-long fellowships to graduate students. Some department fellowships are offered to first-year students while others are offered to advanced students.

  • CLA Graduate Fellowship Program (CLAGF) is offered by the College of Liberal Arts to recruit outstanding graduate students for a one-year fellowship.
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship promotes diversity through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. You must submit the optional diversity statement in The Graduate School's ApplyYourself application to self-identify your ability to meet the criteria for this fellowship. Learn more about the DOVE Fellowship and how to become nominated.
  • Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers financial support for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • The Bright Research Award shall be given annually to graduate students for whom the award will make a significant improvement in their achievement of research toward their PhD in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. If funds are available, up to three students per year may be allocated awards up to $5,000.
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) is offered by the College of Liberal Arts to provide a summer research stipend to CLA graduate students to support their professional, scholarly and creative development while collaborating with a CLA faculty project advisor on scholarly research and creative activity. Awards are for $4,000 with a $500 budget for expenses related to the research.
  • The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship offer advanced students one year of support for dissertation research and writing.

Departmental Support

Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week, and earn approximately $17,500 per academic year. Assistants receive a tuition waiver and a health insurance package (a waiver of up to 95% of health care costs, plus subsidized dependent and dental coverage).

Research Assistantships

You are directly chosen by your principal investigator (faculty member) for a research project that will be conducted at the University of Minnesota. Research assistantships may be offered to incoming students with prior research experience, but are generally filled by more advanced graduate students.

Teaching Assistantships

The department allocates part-time (20 hours per week) teaching assistantships to all incoming graduate students who are not otherwise supported by fellowships.

Professional Development Funds

Professional Development funds cover the expenses of presenting papers while you attend international, national, or regional sociology meetings. Generally, this has been a non-service award to help with transportation, lodging, and registration fees of approximately $500 per semester. During the 2015-16 academic year, 40 graduate students were awarded $19,000 to attend conferences, including meetings hosted by the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Law and Society Association, and American Society of Criminology.

External Funding

Many current students also take advantage of other internal and external funding opportunities. The Graduate School also administers University-wide fellowships and grants.

Contact Becky Drasin at drasi001@umn.edu for more information about funding your degree.