Fellowships and Assistantships
Most students in the Department of Political Science are supported by fellowships and assistantships provided by the Graduate School at UNC. These awards require service duties that range from ten to fifteen hours per week during the nine-month academic year. Such duties may be teaching in an elementary course, conducting recitation sections, or assisting a faculty member in research/teaching. After the first year, graduate students must demonstrate the ability to teach in English in order to be eligible for further financial support.
Graduate students in political science are also eligible for a variety of competitive, university-wide fellowships and scholarships. These fellowships and scholarships normally do not require a service commitment. For more information on Graduate School funding, please visit their website at http://gradschool.unc.edu/funding/.
Grants and fellowships are also available through the Fulbright program for students, which is designed to give master’s and doctoral candidates opportunities for personal development and international experience. Most grantees plan their own programs. For more information on the Fulbright Program, please contact Tessa Dean and consult the Fulbright web site.
Foreign Language study grants are also available, both for summer support and yearlong fellowships designed to support advanced dissertation research in a foreign language.
It is worth nothing that Chapel Hill is a highly livable college town with a low cost of living, meaning that financial support goes farther at UNC than many peer institutions.