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Graduate Study Funding

Assistantships, Fellowships, Scholarships & Awards

Graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences have access to a wide variety of funding sources, many of which are listed below.

Graduate Assistantships

Each A&S departments offers a limited number of graduate teaching, research, and laboratory assistantships. Assistantships provide stipends and tuition waivers for up to 20 hours or service each week. Students with graduate assistantships also participate in the student health insurance program, for which the university and the college provide premium cost offsets each term. Prospective and current students interested in pursuing graduate assistant positions should contact their program director.

Interdisciplinary Area of Focus Fellowships

Graduate fellowships are offered through several of the university's interdisciplinary area of focus programs, include the following initiatives based in Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit the program website or contact the program director(s).

  • Brains & Behavior Program: Brains & Behavior (B&B) is a multi-departmental umbrella program that promotes research broadly related to the Neurosciences. It sponsors student fellowships, provides seed grants for research and promotes collaborations across departments. For more information: neuroscience.gsu.edu/brains_behavior.html. Dr. Walter Wilczynski, Director.
  • Molecular Basis of Disease Program: Molecular Basis of Disease is a multi-departmental program in biomedicine that includes faculty in six departments engaged in interdisciplinary research: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Information Systems. The program provides both graduate and undergraduate fellowships as well as support for the state-of-the-art facilities in these departments. For more information: biology.gsu.edu/mbd. Dr. Teryl K. Frey, Director.
  • Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy Program: The goals of the L&L program are to integrate and build on our current nationally recognized individual research programs to create a world-class interdisciplinary research and doctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy. The L&L Program includes faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, including the departments of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Communication, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy Studies, and Philosophy. It also involves partnership with the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, the Language Research Center, and the Regents' Center for Learning Disorders. For more information researchlanglit.gsu.edu/index.html. Drs. Rose Sevcik and Paul Alberto, Co-Directors.

A&S Scholarships and Awards

The college is able to offer a wide variety of endowed student scholarships, awards, and fellowships as a result of the generosity of Arts and Sciences supporters. These programs enable the college to attract and reward exceptional students for high academic achievement and service to their department, school or institute.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Langdale-Cabaniss-Pizer Endowed Fund: Awarded to doctoral students of classical African and ancient Middle Eastern studies in languages and literatures with preference given to studies in Hebrew and the Hebrew Bible. Michael Langdale created this fund in honor of the many family members and friends whom inspired his deep regard for these classical civilizations.

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design

  • Andrew M. West Memorial Art Scholarship: Awarded to a student who shows exceptional talent in one or more areas of art and design. Recipients are selected by the entire Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design faculty. This fund was established in memory of Andrew West, an exceptional student in the school of Art & Design who passed away in his final semester at Georgia State.
  • Dean E. Dryer Endowment: Awarded to an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student within the school who has a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and exhibits financial need. This fund also provides annual operating support for the purchase of library books in art and design.
  • Ernest G. Welch Graduate Photography Award: This award is presented annually to a graduate photography student who has consistently demonstrated outstanding dedication to their artwork. The award recognizes the excellence of their work and the promise of continuing distinguished work in the discipline. The award acknowledges their generous character and their exceptional contributions to the graduate program of the School of Art and Design.
  • Jean Ellen Jones Art Education Award: Recognizes a student in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design who exhibits exceptional leadership and professional potential in the field of art education. Recipients are selected by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design art education faculty.
  • Joseph Perrin Award: Given to an art student whose artwork and professional potential are meritorious. Recipients are selected by the entire Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design faculty. This award was created in honor of Mr. Perrin, Professor Emeritus and former Department Chairman, for his considerable contributions to the development of the visual arts program at Georgia State.
  • Marion Bowen Davis Memorial Scholarship: Presented annually to one or more female students who are enrolled in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design and who are majoring in painting or in a major where fabric/fibers or wearable objects are aligned with the fashion field. Recipients are selected by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design textile and drawing and painting faculty.
  • Susan Babush Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of Susan Babush, a graphic design student in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design. The award is granted on the basis of artistic ability and financial need. Preference is given to students of graphic design. Recipients are selected by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design graphic design faculty.
  • Winnie Chandler Art and Design Scholarship and/or Fellowship: This award was created by Dr. Colquitt L. Chandler in memory of his wife, a painter and dedicated art student. This annual award is presented to the most promising incoming graduate candidates. Selected honorees receive funds for the entire three years of graduate school for the purpose of helping these students pursue their research/art work during their tenure at Georgia State.

Biology

  • Ahmed T. Abdelal Fellowships in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology: Given to outstanding doctoral students for achievement in the field of molecular genetics or biotechnology. This award is named in honor of the former dean, Ahmed T. Abdelal, who established the molecular genetics and biotechnology program at Georgia State University.
  • Donald Ahearn Endowed Fellowship in Applied and Environmental Microbiology: This fellowship was established on the occasion of Dr. Ahearn becoming a Research Professor Emeritus in recognition of his outstanding contributions in instruction, research and service in the development of applied and environmental microbiology programs at Georgia State University.
  • Neurobiology and Behavior Graduate Fellowship: Given in recognition of outstanding research and scholarship by a senior graduate student in the neurobiology and behavior program.
  • William G. Nolan Memorial Scholarship Award: Awarded to outstanding graduate students in the Cellular Molecular Biology and Physiology program. This fund was created in memory of former Associate Professor of Biology, William G. Nolan.

Chemistry

  • Ambrose H. Pendergrast Fellowship: Named for a former professor in the Department of Chemistry, the Pendergrast Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding doctoral student in the area of medicinal chemistry/biochemistry.
  • David W. Boykin Graduate Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry: The Boykin Fellowship was established in 1999 to honor the former chair of the Department of Chemistry. It is awarded to an outstanding PhD graduate student in medicinal chemistry.

Communication

  • George R. and Frances T. Greiff Scholarship/Fellowship: Awarded annually to a journalism undergraduate or graduate student in honor of George Greiff, a former journalism professor at Georgia State University.
  • James W. Woodruff, Jr. Fellowship in Media Innovation & Responsibility: Established by the J. W. and Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation in memory of James W. Woodruff Jr. who established the first television station in Columbus, Georgia. Awarded to a graduate student in communication with outstanding academic promise who is dedicated to the study of media innovation and responsibility.
  • Mildred W. Seydel Scholarship: Awarded to journalism students on the basis of scholarship, dedication to the profession, and leadership qualities. This scholarship was established by the family of the late Mildred W. Seydell, an outstanding journalist, civic leader, author, and feminist.
  • Scott-Norcostco Theater Scholarship: Established through the generous gifts of Norcostco Inc., the Scott-Norcostco Foundation and the Scott family. Awarded annually to an outstanding student in technical theatre.
  • Terry F. Barker Memorial Scholarship: Established by friends to honor the memory of Terry Barker, a former journalism student and sports writer for the Gwinnett Daily News. Awarded to an outstanding journalism major specializing in news writing.
  • TRISPRO Scholarship: Awarded to an outstanding student in theater or music. This scholarship was established by the players, singers, musicians, spouses, and friends of TRISPRO Inc.

English

  • Eleanor M. Pratt Endowment for English Majors: Awarded to an exceptional student for whom the study of writing or literature has made a significant impact. This fund was created to honor the legacy of Eleanor Mary Pratt, who had a deep spiritual faith, a love of literature, the English language, and the fine arts.
  • Paul Bowles Graduate Student Fellowship in Fiction Writing: Awarded to exceptional graduate students who have been accepted into the M.F.A. or Ph.D. degree programs in creative writing, with a specialization in fiction writing.
  • Paul Groves Blount Scholarship: Created by the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha in honor of Paul Groves Blount, a distinguished former faculty member and head of the Department of English who was a charter member and faculty adviser to the fraternity. Awarded annually to a student in good standing at Georgia State who is an active member, pledge or affiliate in good standing of the Epsilon Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
  • Scholarship Endowment in Creative Writing: Awarded to an exceptional applicant to the fiction writing program upon his or her enrollment at Georgia State University. This fund was created to provide financial support for deserving students studying creative writing.
  • Virginia Spencer Carr Graduate Fellowship in English: This award, created in honor of Virginia Spencer Carr by her friends and former students, is given each year to an outstanding graduate student chosen by the Department of English.

Geosciences

  • David E. Ogren Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Given to an undergraduate student for outstanding service to the Department of Geosciences. This fund was created to honor the memory of David E. Ogren, Professor Emeritus, Geology.
  • Ernest Fritz Memorial Field Camp Endowment: Provides annual scholarships to students who are enrolled in the summer field camp course that are in good academic standing.

Gerontology

  • Allen and Eleanor Hollingsworth Scholarship: Given in memory of Allen and Eleanor Hollingsworth by their family, this scholarship is presented to an outstanding entering or first-year master’s degree student.
  • Anne M. Eaton Endowed Scholarship: This endowed scholarship, created in honor of Anne Eaton, a member of the first class of Gerontology graduates in 1977, is awarded annually to an outstanding gerontology graduate student.
  • Carol Rowe Jones and Waymon Jones Scholarship Endowment: Established by Gerontology alumna Carole Rowe Jones and her husband Waymon Jones, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding entering or first-year master’s degree student.
  • Charles and Catherine B. Rice Scholarship: Established in honor of Charles and Catherine B. Rice, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding entering or first-year master’s degree student.
  • Gerontology Alumni Endowed Scholarship: Funded by the continuing endeavors of the Gerontology Alumni Club, these scholarships are awarded to outstanding entering graduate students.
  • Harold V. and Anna Marie Little Scholarship in Gerontology: Given in honor of Harold V. Little and in memory of Anna Marie Little by their family, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding entering or first-year master’s degree student.

History

  • Joseph O. Baylen Fellowship in History: Awarded to a master’s student interested in social, cultural or economic history who shows academic promise. Joseph Baylen was Chair of the Department of History from 1966-1978 and Regents’ Professor of History from 1969-1982.
  • Ethel Illges Woodruff Fellowship in Southern History: Awarded to a graduate student who intends to pursue the masters program with a concentration in southern history. Mrs. Ethel Illges Woodruff, a native of Columbus, Georgia, was keenly interested in the history of Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Chattahoochee Valley. This fellowship in honor of Mrs. Woodruff was established in 1995 in the Department of History at Georgia State University by the J.W. and Ethel I. Woodruff Foundation of Columbus.
  • Jenny Thurston Fellowship and Award in Heritage Preservation: Annual award and internship, with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, for an outstanding historic preservationist in Atlanta.
  • Margaret Ewing Endowment in Family Oral Histories: This fund provides a fellowship to a graduate student who is interested in pursuing research on family histories, preferably oral histories. This fund was created by William Pate (M.A., Communication, 1985) in memory of his cousin, Margaret Ewing, who had a specific interest in family history and studied the history of the Pate family.

Music

  • Charles T. Wurm Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to a student majoring in music who has outstanding musical ability and whose talents meet the current needs of the School of Music. Established in 1985, this scholarship is endowed by a gift to the Georgia State University Foundation from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Cousins in memory of his grandfather, Charles Thomas Wurm, who was a conductor and music educator.
  • Donald S. Gingrich Scholarship in Music Education: Awarded to a senior or graduate student majoring in Music Education who demonstrates high academic achievement with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and a commitment to music education. The award was established in 2006 by Donald S. Gingrich, a retired music education professor in the Georgia State University School of Music.
  • Duane L. and Drada P. Hoover Endowed Choral Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to the School of Music’s most talented and deserving choral students. This fund was created by Duane L. and Drada P. Hoover to support these outstanding students, as well as to support performances and touring activities for the chorus.
  • Gerschefski/ Reader Violoncello Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student majoring in music who demonstrates exceptional talent on the cello. This scholarship was originally established in 1999 by Martha Gerschefski and friends, in honor of her parents, Ina and Edwin Gerschefski. The award was recently re-named to also honor the memory of a former student, David Reader, who had graduated with a M.M. in cello performance.
  • Montgomery Music Scholarship: Provides scholarships for students of the School of Music. This fund was established in 1985 by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Montgomery.
  • Peter Harrower Scholarship in Voice: Awarded annually to a student majoring in music who has demonstrated exceptional voice talent and outstanding academic achievement. This scholarship fund was established in 1988 through gifts from the Harrower family and friends.
  • Sally Monsour Graduate Fellowship in Music Education: Awarded annually to a graduate student in music education. This fund was created to honor Dr. Sally Monsour, one of the founding professors of Music Education in the School of Music.
  • William G. Densmore Vocal Scholarship: Awarded annually to provide scholarships to operatic voice students enrolled in the School of Music who demonstrate exceptional vocal talent and a desire for an operatic career.

Neuroscience

  • Kenneth W. and Georganne F. Honeycutt Fellowship: A three-year fellowship awarded to advanced students in the Neuroscience Doctoral students in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in their graduate program.

Philosophy

  • Friedrich William Ralf Munster Fellowships in Philosophy: Given to an outstanding graduate student in Philosophy in honor of Ralf F. Munster, chair of the department from 1955 to 1976.

Political Science

  • Susan Zoukis Fellowship for Graduate Research in Mandatory Sentencing: Awarded to one or more graduate students in the Department of Political Science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are interested in research on the effects of mandatory sentencing.

Psychology

  • Bailey M. Wade Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to support graduate students who demonstrate need, merit, and career goals in keeping with those manifested in the life of Dr. Bailey M. Wade during his life and tenure with the psychology department.
  • Doctoral Fellowship in Trauma Intervention: Provides an annual fellowship to doctoral students who are involved in a program of study which will prepare them to provide specialized assistance to people who have experienced some type of traumatic event.
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh Fellowship: Awarded annually to a graduate student or first-year postdoctoral student who has a research focus on the study of emergents. This fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Duane Rumbaugh and his distinguished career conducting ground-breaking research in the field of primate cognition.
  • Graduate Award Endowment: Provides awards to deserving graduate students in Psychology.
  • Theresa Nash Bernstein Scholarship in International Travel: Dr. Lauren B. Adamson and her husband, Dr. Walter L. Adamson, established this scholarship for high achieving students who have not had the opportunity to travel abroad for study purposes. The scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Lauren Adamson’s mother, Teresa Nash Bernstein, a teacher, artist and herself a world traveler.

Sociology

  • Jacqueline Boles Graduate Teaching Fellowship: Presented to outstanding graduate instructors in the Department of Sociology. This scholarship was created by the Department of Sociology to honor Jackie Boles, a cherished faculty member for more than 30 years.
  • Margaret L. Andersen Scholarship: Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate Sociology student. This endowment was created by Dr. Margaret Andersen (B.A. Sociology, 1970) and her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.