Department Aid

The Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies meet to review resources and award financial assistance to as many students as possible. The department offers approximately twelve (12) quarter time (approximately 10 hours of work per week) teaching assistantships (PhD and advanced MA students) and graduate assistantships (MA or PhD students) each semester. These include a stipend, remission of tuition for graduate coursework up to six hours and health insurance benefits. Teaching and graduate assistants paying for hours beyond the tuition waiver are eligible for the resident tuition rate provided they are employed at least quarter-time. 

The TA usually teaches American Studies 182, 183, 184, 185, or 186. Advanced MA and Ph.D. students may apply to design their own 200-level course. The GA has different responsibilities each semester. TAs/GAs must be registered for at least six (6) hours of graduate credit, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in graduate work. PhD students are eligible for a total of (6) semesters of financial aid from the department; MA students are eligible for a total of (5) semesters of aid.

Advanced doctoral students at the dissertation stage may also apply to teach a 300 level course as a Teaching Associate. Teaching Associates do not receive a tuition waver. Teaching Associates must be registered for at least six (6) hours of graduate credit and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in graduate work. 

Specific guidelines for financial aid applications are distributed to all students each year in time for every student who so desires to apply for departmental aid. Departmental aid awards are highly competitive and are based on students' demonstrated accomplishments and departmental needs.

Other Sources of Aid

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a limited number of financial aid fellowships and awards. Some may be held concurrently with other forms of aid. Contact: Office of Graduate Studies, Humanities 107, 505/277-2711.

The University administers National Direct/Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Student Loans and cooperates in the administration of a number of other such funds, as well as work study and student employment programs.  Short-term emergency loans are also available to currently enrolled full-time graduate students. Contact: Student Financial Aid Office, Mesa Vista North, 505/277-8900.

The Student Research Allocations Committee provides money for student research projects and for travel expenses to conferences and workshops directly related to the student's degree program. Contact: SRAC, Graduate & Professional Student Association, Student Union Building (SUB), Room 1021, 505/277-3803.

Student members of the American Studies Association who have had papers accepted for annual meeting may enter the ASA-wide competition the Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize, which includes a certificate and $500 in cash awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the meeting. Annette K. Baxter travel grants are awarded to up to five graduate students in national competition, and provide reimbursement for travel expenses up to a maximum of $300 per recipient. Deadlines are in early September.

Some funding for travel and/or research is usually available through the Department's American Studies Graduate Student Association.

The Department encourages graduate students to investigate outside sources of funding for study/research. Listings of grant opportunities are available through the Office of Research, 327 Scholes Hall 505/277-6128.

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