Graduate Studies 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.
All admitted students receive a first-year fellowship that affords them the opportunity to immerse themselves in their coursework.
Financial support includes:
- A minimum stipend of $20,000 per academic year
- $8,250 summer fellowship
- Full tuition
- Graduate Assistant Health and Dental Insurance (95% covered)
- Travel support to present at national and international conferences
We nominate prospective students to a variety of fellowships, including:
- College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowships (CLAGF)
- Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowships
- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Scholar Fellowships and ICGC/Mellon Scholar Fellowships.
Faculty nominate more advanced students for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and others.
Alumnus N. Marbury Efimenco (BA '37, political science; MA '40, political science; PhD '49, political science) created an endowed fellowship fund that supports many of our students throughout their career, particularly those in the field of International Relations. David (BA '66, political science) and Janis Larson have created a graduate research fellowship for students studying political economy.
Current students may take advantage of other internal and external funding opportunities. The University of Minnesota Graduate School also administers University-wide fellowships and grants.