In a typical year, highly competitive Ph.D. students are provided with the following support: a tuition waiver that covers 14 hours of graduate tuition, 10-20 hours per week of graduate research or teaching assistant appointments carrying a salary stipend, health insurance benefits, and a $1,500 conference travel stipend. Although packages can vary from year to year, Minnesota’s doctoral students are among the most highly compensated in U.S. journalism and mass communication graduate programs.
Competitive academic MA students may also receive generous funding, including teaching/research appointments carrying a salary stipend, tuition wavers, health insurance benefits and a $750 conference travel stipend.
Professional MA students are eligible to apply to a growing scholarship program dedicated to students in this professional program. Professional MA students generally do not receive fellowships or assistantships.
For academic MA and PhD students, fellowship and scholarship awards are made as part of the admission process (submit the Application for Financial Support with your Application for admission) and may be renewed depending on funding and availability. Professional MA students will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships after they have started in the program. SJMC awards include:
Stanley W. Carlson Graduate Scholarship
Hazel Dicken-Garcia Graduate Fellowship
Herbert Berridge Elliston Graduate Scholarship
Arle and Billy Haeberle Scholarship
Hubbard Broadcasting Scholarship
Hubbard Graduate Fellowship
Joel and Laurie Kramer School of Journalism Fund
DJ Leary Strategic Communication Fellowship for Strategic Communication graduate students
Mass Comm Block Grant
Marsha and Dr. James Marsh Sternberg Scholarship
Tunheim Partnership Scholarship
Ray Tarleton Strategic Communication Fellowship
Vincent Bancroft Shea Fellowship
William D.Wells Graduate Fellowship
William D. Wells Graduate Fellowship in Strategic Mass Communication
Silha Fellowships offer graduate and law students the opportunity to engage in a variety of research projects in media ethics and law. Silha Fellowships are available to graduate students who have demonstrated interest and ability in the study of mass communication ethics and/or law. For further information about the Silha Fellowship Program, visit http://www.silha.umn.edu.
In addition to scholarship and fellowship awards, graduate students may seek positions as research or teaching assistants. These positions involve quarter- or half-time appointments as assistants to the faculty and staff of the SJMC. Students obtaining assistantships are eligible for resident tuition rates and partial or full tuition waivers depending on their appointment (50% tuition waiver for quarter-time assistantship; 100% tuition waiver for half-time assistantship), as well as health insurance benefits.
Teaching assistantships are awarded to graduate students who have highly developed verbal proficiency in English and demonstrated degree objectives, scholarly achievement, experience, and financial need. Research assistantships may be available in association with faculty and center research projects.
The University of Minnesota and the SJMC each offer special funding opportunities for conducting graduate student research. These opportunities range from travel funding to help mitigate the cost of presenting research at national conferences to a full fellowship for advanced Ph.D. students ready to embark upon writing their dissertation.
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