Funding, Fellowships and Awards

Departmental Funding

Some sources of financial support most commonly available to sociology graduate students are listed below. The sums awarded and conditions of awards may change, so you should check with the graduate director or with the graduate administrator for updated details. Prospective students should also consult the list of nondepartmental awards available.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Teaching Fellowships (TF)

Most students are funded through graduate teaching assistantships (TA) or teaching fellowships (TF) during their academic career. All students holding TA or TF postions are expected to devote 20 hours a week to their assigned teaching duties. View additional Information on the value of stipends>

In addition to teaching in the Fall and Spring terms, students are also eligible to teach in the summer term. However, there are strict requirements for eligibility and limited summer teaching positions. Please consult the Graduate Director or Administrator for complete details regarding these positons.

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)    

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA) should perform the duties assigned them by the department. As with TA and TFs, students are expected to devote 20 hours a week to their assigned duties. View additional Information on the value of stipends>

Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSR)

Graduate student assistants (GSR) and should perform the duties assigned them by the department. Students are expected to devote somewhere between 1 and 20 hours a week to their assigned duties, as determined by their faculty supervisor. View additional Information on the value of stipends>

Social Science Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (SSDDF)

Each year the Department awards a limited number of SSDD fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowships allow students to devote one year of research for their dissertation. Please consult the Graduate Director or Administrator for complete details and requirements regarding these fellowships.

Summer Fellowships

Each fall, graduate students can apply for departmental summer fellowships, which may be used for travel, language study; pre-dissertation field research; or other academic activities.  Please consult the Graduate Director or Administrator for complete details and requirements regarding these fellowships.

Barbara Tomcyk Memorial Fund

Awards from this fund are available for graduate students in Sociology and other fields of study whose research focuses on Eastern European countries. First and second preferences are for the study of Polish society and for the study of non-Russian countries, respectively.  The average annual award is approximately $300-400, and usually one award is made each year. Download the application form (PDF)

Nondepartmental Funding

Some sources of financial support most commonly available to sociology graduate students are listed below. The sums awarded and other conditions of awards may change, so you should check with the Graduate Director or Graduate Administrator for updated details.

Arts & Sciences Fellowships

Incoming students with outstanding undergraduate academic records may be offered one of these fellowships which provide support for the first year of graduate training without imposing a teaching or research work requirement.

K. Leroy IrvisIncoming minority students with outstanding undergraduate academic records may be offered one of these fellowships which provide support for the first year of graduate training without imposing a teaching or research work requirement. The award may also carry an additional fifth year of funding if the application is particularly exceptional.

Andrew Mellon Fellowship

This is a research fellowship for advanced students undertaking dissertation research or writing the thesis. No teaching is required.

Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship

This fellowship is available to incoming applicants, or students within their first three years of study, whose research centers on Latin America. The fellowship requires no teaching or research for an academic year.

Latin American Social and Public Policy Fellowship

This is a research fellowship open to students of Latin American history whose work addresses public policy questions. The Latin American Center handles this award.

Provost's Development Fund

The Provost’s Development Fund Award is designed to assist the University of Pittsburgh with its diversity mission related to students during the last stages of their doctoral work.  Students must have completed their comprehensive examinations and must have an approved dissertation prospectus.  Funding is allocated for things such as tuition, stipends, travel, and other dissertation-related expenses.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The FLAS fellowship is available to American citizens studying East Asian, East European/Russian, Latin American, or West European history. The fellowship requires no teaching and usually assumes the student will take advanced language training during the tenure of the fellowship. For details, visit the specific area program at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Web site.

Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program

The purpose of the awards is to enable University of Pittsburgh students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. It is important that applicants choose a program that will maximize their contact with the populace abroad and be accepted by the University for credit.

Dean’s Tuition Scholarship

Awarded by the Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies to defending graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.

Departmental Prizes

Graduate Student Teaching Prize

The Graduate Teaching Prize is presented annually to a PhD student whose teaching has been outstanding. Applicants must have taught two or more independently courses. Senior students are especially encouraged to apply as this serves as a unique opportunity to prepare a teaching portfolio for use when applying for a job. The recipient is chosen by the graduate committee and receives recognition at a department ceremony along with a monetary prize.

Norman P. Hummon Research Prize

The Norman P. Hummon Prize is presented annually to a PhD student whose research has been outstanding. Applicants who have prepared a research paper, thesis, or other specific work for which the faculty nominated the student would be the main material submitted, along with a nominating letter from the faculty member. The recipient is chosen by the graduate committee and receives recognition at a department ceremony along with a monetary prize.