Graduate Funding

The Graduate Program in American Studies offers funding to qualified students in the form of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). These assistantships are learning opportunities for graduate students. They support professionalism in the context of the program while also providing financial support.

There are two types of assistantships. Graduate Research Assistantships are a research or project assignment that is relevant and adds value to the student’s major field of study, area of interest, or expertise. Graduate Teaching Assistantships are teaching assignments that are arranged within the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and are reserved for second-year students who have successful completed both AMST 7000 and AMST 7100.

GRA/GTA appointments are awarded for either one or two semesters to qualified full-time students. GTA/GTAs will work with the assigned Graduate Faculty Project Supervisor for 10-20 hours per week and must register for a minimum of six hours of graduate-level credit each semester. A GRA/GTA may not be employed in any other position on the KSU campus nor can they hold more than one GRA/GTA position in one semester.

The assistantship provides free tuition for the student for each semester in which the GRA/GTA is awarded. However, each GRA/GTA is required to pay a special tuition rate of $25 per semester, as well as all student fees and the cost of mandatory health insurance if the student is not eligible for a waiver. Students who receive the GRA/GTA positions are awarded a $4,000 stipend per semester, paid monthly, in addition to the tuition waiver.

Students may apply to the GRA/GTA program only after they have been accepted into the Graduate Program in American Studies. These positions are found on the Human Resources website and are available for several weeks. Students who have been accepted into the Graduate Program in American Studies will receive additional information from the Program Director with instructions and deadlines.