GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The department offers two sources of support. Teaching Assistants work with faculty as instructors and graders for lower division undergraduate courses, whereby work may include grading, preparing and leading discussion sections, conducting review sessions, photocopying, recording grades/attendance, and other tasks related to the assigned course. The Assistantship is usually provided for 2 years for a Master’s, and 3 years for a Ph.D., assuming the student makes satisfactory progress. The department also offers a specialized Community Geography Graduate Assistantship position in association with Syracuse Community Geography. Funding is available for up to 3 years for students with GIS skills and an interest in using GIS to investigate community concerns. Preference will be given to students with experience and interest in community geography, participatory GIS and participatory research, and community organizing. Click here for further details about the Community Geography GA. The department also has one University Fellowship that is awarded on the basis of the applicant’s overall merit. For a Master’s student the Fellowship covers the first year, of support, the second year is supported through a Teaching Assistantship. For a doctoral student, the fellowship supports years 1 and 3, a Teaching Assistantship supports year 2.
Maxwell and Graduate School Summer Research Awards: These awards are intended to help defray the costs of activities that advance the student’s research agenda, or can be used to help defray the costs of a professional development experience, such as language training or a relevant workshop. Award recipients may be asked to report to the department on some aspect of their professional development experience at a brown-bag lunch or Friday colloquium meeting during the following fall semester.
M.A. students will be guaranteed one year of summer funding, receiving the maximum award. This only holds if the student does not have external support that is equal to or greater than the combined amount of a fellowship and summer award.
Ph.D. students will be guaranteed summer funding following their first and second years of residence, receiving the maximum award each year. This only holds only if the student does not have external support that is equal to or greater than the combined amount of a fellowship and summer award. Remaining funds will be available for current students with the following priority:
1. Completion of field-work (highest priority)
2. Attending workshop or conference that has clear professional development and networking potential (moderate priority)
3. All other requests (including finishing writing thesis/dissertation; studying for qualifying exams; Syracuse-based transcription, data analysis, etc.) (low priority)
Department Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities
David E. Sopher Memorial Scholarships: This scholarship memorializes our deceased colleague, Professor David E. Sopher, a friend, mentor and colleague to many of the faculty and numerous Syracuse graduate alumni. The scholarship carries a stipend and is for the support of a graduate student’s research. Students in good academic standing and with research interests either in South Asia or cultural-social geography regardless of regional focus are eligible. Preference is normally given to doctoral students. Sopher Scholarships are awarded in the Fall; there may be one or two per year, depending on available resources. A list of past awardees is available here [link to Sopher Awards].
Watson Fellowship: Full stipend assistantship available for students from Latin America or the Caribbean area, or students conducting research on Latin America or the Caribbean.
Hsu Research Fellowship: Named in honor of Dr. Hsu, a former SU graduate, this scholarship provides supplemental field grants for students working on Taiwan. Secondary consideration is given to students from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, or India.
External scholarships are also available. Some that may be appropriate or of interest to potential students can be viewed here.