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Funding Opportunities

The Department of Sociology attempts to help students obtain financial support, and every effort is made to provide some type of financial support package with the expectation that the student maintains good academic standing. (To be in good academic standing, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be making satisfactory progress toward the degree.) The department attempts to give each student a full year's support. The department has the following types of financial resources to offer its students.

Associate Instructor Positions (AIs)

Students who are close to or have advanced to candidacy for the PhD are eligible to apply for Associate Instructor positions. These positions are given to graduate students who have excellent scholarship and teaching promise. They are temporarily appointed as the instructor of a lower division course, and in rare cases, of an upper division course. This position provides a partial remission of in-state fees, along with a monthly stipend. There are also opportunities in the summer for appointment as an Associate Instructor.

Departmental Fellowships

The department has limited fellowship funds available for the recruitment of new students and to support continuing students. The philosophy of the department is to support incoming students with a combination of fellowship/teaching assistantships during their first year. In subsequent years, students are appointed as either Teaching Assistants, Graduate Student Research Assistants, Associate Instructors or a combination of these three. During the dissertation period, students may apply for fellowship support to assist them in their writing.

Graduate Reader

Many upper-division courses need readers. Duties include the grading of student papers and examinations. Students may read for more than one course at a time. This position provides a partial remission of in-state fees. An hourly salary is paid for the actual number of hours spent grading. Pay is disbursed after readers submit their hours for grading.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships

Various faculty members have research grants which provide money for research assistants. GSR duties may involve such tasks as observation and interviewing, questionnaire development, computer work, and/or library research. Students most likely to become GSRs are those who are specializing in or who are interested in the faculty member's area of research, and who possess requisite skills or are willing to acquire them.

Graduate Student Research Assistants have varying durations of employment and may work a maximum of 20 hours a week. This position provides a full fee remission of in-state fees, along with a monthly stipend. Inquiries should be made directly to individual faculty members.

Non-academic Student Employment

The Student Employment Office has information on non-academic employment. Temporary and long-term jobs are available both on and off campus. Terms of employment are negotiated individually and pay rates vary.

Research Grants

The department encourages and helps students prepare grant application to public and private organizations that provide research funds for doctoral research.

Teaching Assistantships (TAs)

Students may apply for a teaching assistantship at any time during their studies. Awards are made each quarter for the following academic quarter and are granted for the full three quarters whenever possible. However, because of excess enrollments, resignations, and other contingencies, positions may open up for one or two quarters.

TAs work half-time (20 hours a week) and must be in good academic standing to retain an appointment. This position provides a partial fee remission of in-state fees, along with a monthly stipend. It is departmental policy to attempt to provide all students in good standing with some TA experience. In addition, depending on a student's background/skills, there are often opportunities to TA in other departments.

Outside (non-Sociology) Graduate Students who are interested in employment (teaching assistant or reader) with the Department of Sociology are required to submit an application, C.V., and unofficial transcript to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Outside graduate students will not be considered for employment unless an application is on-file with required documents. Employment is contingent on the availability of positions which vary per quarter.

Prospective Applicants and Accepted Students to the Department of Sociology Graduate Program do not need to complete this form. Accepted students are automatically considered for employment opportunities.

UCD Graduate Research Awards

Graduate Research Awards are intended to provide students with financial support to conduct their research projects. Applicants may be pursuing either the master's or doctoral degree. Grants are up to $1,500 per student in a fiscal year. They are awarded for specific needs vital to the success of the research and provide for those needs which cannot be reasonably met from personal resources or from the student's major department.

University Fellowships and Scholarships

A limited number of fellowships and scholarships are available from the university. Awards are based on outstanding academic achievement and high promise. Some are based on financial need. We encourage all students to complete the Online application at Graduate Studies for Internal-fellowships.

University Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office has information and application materials regarding grants, loans and work study. All graduate applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) as early as possible, but no later than March 1 of the year of your application. This form, submitted directly to the Federal Student Aid Program Office, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need only, a component of the eligibility criteria for many fellowships, and for all forms of financial aid. Student financial support information can be found at


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