Funding Your Education
Graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences have access to a wide variety of funding sources, many of which are listed below.
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).
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. Drs. Rose Sevcik and Paul Alberto, Co-Directors.
The college and many of its departments and institutes have endowed fellowships and awards for their students. For more information, please visit the program website or contact the program director(s).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.