Funding Opportunities

The vast majority of full-time students in the school receive a comprehensive funding package through a graduate assistantship. Assistants are assigned to work with faculty members on research projects or as teaching assistants for courses in return for a stipend and a waiver of nonresident tuition charges. In 2015-2016, stipends for half-time assistantships (20 hours a week) are $15,200 for pre-candidacy students and $16,000 for candidates. Graduate assistantships not only provide financial aid, but are a valuable part of a student's professional training.

Furthermore, the School seeks to provide financial support for some research- and conference-related travel, for summer research fellowships, and to hire doctoral candidates to teach their own courses over Summer and Winter breaks.

The School encourages students in all stages of the program to apply for funding from outside sources. In addition to the fellowship and grant opportunities administered by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, there are numerous awards offered private foundations and the federal government. Such awards can provide important funding for students to undertake fieldwork or to complete dissertation writing after School funding is no longer available.  

Awards range from one-time grants of a few thousand dollars to multi-year fellowships that provide tuition and stipend. Regardless of the size of the award, fellowships and grants are always notable additions to one’s CV. Students interested in applying for outside awards should discuss their plans with their advisor.

In addition, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute provides a variety of services, grants, and fellowships for students. Click here for more information. SBSRI will be able to point you towards opportunities such as those listed below:

Federal Government:

Jacob Javits

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program (FLAS

The Fulbright US Student Program


Note: Applicants to NSF grants must apply through the University of Arizona Sponsored Projects Office

American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellowship

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

Resources for the Future

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Abe Fellowship

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Smith Richardson Foundation

Morris K. Udall and Stuart L. Udall Foundation

U.S. Institute of Peace Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship