Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

Table of Contents:

Department Financial Aid via TA & GAships

The Sociology Department offers graduate students Graduate Assistantships (GA's - assisting a professor or another graduate student with a class) and Teaching Assistantships (TA's - instructing ones own class; must have a MA and have completed the Teaching Practicum). Assignments are 10 to 20 hours a week. Tuition waivers are included with assistantships.


Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are awarded and evaluated each semester. Therefore, a GA/TA should not be assumed to be ongoing, but rather contingent on performance and availability of funding.

GA/TA awards are granted according to the following criteria:

1. Evidence of adequate progress towards the degree. Students are expected to complete their coursework and requirements in a timely fashion. Although the exact pace varies and each student’s progress will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the following guidelines should be kept in mind: two years to complete the M.A., two additional years to complete comprehensive exams, and 2-3 additional years to complete the dissertation.

2. Performance in the program. Performance is assessed according to the student’s grades and performance in courses, number and duration of incompletes, quality of thesis, performance on qualifying exams, colloquium presentation, and other relevant criteria.

3. Prior performance as a GA/TA (if relevant). Performance is assessed according to formal and informal evaluation by the supervising faculty member or instructor, and/or evaluations of teaching (ICES scores, faculty evaluations of teaching), if applicable. Graduate Assistants and graders for undergraduate courses are expected to attend the classes for which they are grading or GAing. Performance assessment for GAs is based on more than the completion of grading duties.

Clarifications of GA and TA roles are available in the UNM catalog here under 'Types of Assistantships.'

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Doctoral Fellowships

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico will award up to three new doctoral fellowships of $24,000 each with full tuition remission and student health insurance for the academic year. All awards are subject to available funding and are annual (twelve months) with the possibility of renewal for students in good academic standing. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in health disparities research or health policy analysis that aligns with the mission of the Center. 

A link to the RWJF website and application material is available here.

Latin American Iberian Institute Graduate Fellowships & Awards

The LAII has a comprehensive list of available funding opportunities here.

Mellon Fellowships

OGS Fellowship and Scholarship Listing

The UNM Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) maintains a list of external (i.e. outside UNM) fellowships and scholarships here.

OGS also offers internal (i.e. UNM institutional awards) fellowship list here.

Inprogress graduate students can also benefit from the OGS grants available here.

American Sociological Assocition Grants & Fellowships

A comprehensive list is available here.

American Society of Criminology Graduate Minority Fellowship

The fellowships are designed to encourage students of color, especially those from ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the field, including but not limited to, Asians, Blacks, Indigenous peoples, and Hispanics, to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice.  Applicants need not be members of the American Society of Criminology.  Individuals studying criminology or criminal justice issues are encouraged to apply.  The recipients of the fellowships must be accepted into a program of doctoral studies.

Application material and further details available here.


All Sociology graduate students are strongly encouraged to learn the grant seeking process. UNM offers a comprehensive series of workshops to train young researchers in the process of grant writing. Workshops, known as the Graduate Student Funding Initative, are scheduled here.

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides recommended funding lists here.