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.

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 (B&B) The Brains & Behavior Area of Focus, otherwise known as B&B, is a transdisciplinary neuroscience program that promotes research collaborations and dialog through graduate courses, lectures, seed grants, and much more. Researchers and students involved in this program span across Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, Math & Statistics, Philosophy, and Neuroscience. For more information, please check out our website, or contact Associate Director Liz Weaver.
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. Email Dr. Teryl K. Frey, Director, for more information.
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. Drs. Rose Sevcik and Paul Alberto, Co-Directors.

Transcultural Conflict and Violence: The TCV initiative is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and doctoral students from the Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, English, Global Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Religious Studies programs. The initiative focuses on analyzing causes, predictive indicators, and solutions to transcultural conflict and violence. Each year, new and returning students compete for 12 positions allocated to the TCV initiative. For more information, please visit our website or e-mail Dr. Carol Winkler or Lyshandra Holmes.

Other Fellowships

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).

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.