Sociology grad student

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:

  • An average stipend of $23,000 during the first two academic years.
  • Full tuition remission
  • Graduate Assistant Health and Dental Insurance (a waiver of up to 95% of health insurance cost)
  • Professional development funds for travel support to present at national and international conferences
  • Five years of guaranteed funding in the form of a 20 hours per week teaching assistantship
  • Opportunities to apply for university and department fellowships and research assistantships
Students are responsible for student service fees and other costs associated with graduate education. Fees for domestic students are approximately $948 per semester, for international students, approximately $1,137 per semester.

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.
  • The Creating Inclusive Cohorts (CIC) Training Program 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 application to self-identify your ability to meet the criteria for this fellowship.
  • 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.
  • 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 no more than 20 hours per week and earn between $18,213 - $23,000 per academic year depending upon appointment. All assistants receive full tuition remission and a health insurance package (a waiver of up to 95% of health insurance cost.)

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 they 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 academic year, 50 graduate students were awarded $20,000 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.

Aminzade International Graduate Student Emergency Fund

The Aminzade Sociology International Graduate Student Emergency Fund provides financial support for current F-1/J-1 international students who have experienced an emergency situation. Emergency funds are to be used for short-term situations to help students through the crisis and are not intended to cover long-term expenses. In most circumstances, these funds will only be given for a specific emergency situation.

Sociology Graduate Student Support Fund

The purpose of the Sociology Graduate Student Support fund (SGSS) is to provide non-international sociology graduate students with financial support as it relates to their academic pursuits. This funding can be used for fellowships/awards or emergency grants to assist with unique situations that might otherwise cause them to extend or suspend their studies or suspend completion of their degree. In most circumstances, these funds will only be given one time and for a specific situation.

Additional Funding

Many current students also take advantage of other internal and external funding. Sociology students have secured the following funding.

University of Minnesota Funding

Mark and Judy Yudof Fellowship
William Stout and Thomas Wallace Fellowship
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Predissertation External Funding

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Dissertation Completion Funding

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (ASA MFP)
Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award ( NSF DDRI)
Social Sciences Research Council - International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC)

The Graduate School also administers University-wide fellowships and grants.

Contact Becky Drasin for more information about funding your degree.