Funding Opportunities for Current Graduate Students

 

Graduate Students in Lab

 

Columbian College graduate students may be eligible to apply for additional funding opportunities that support research or academic activities. Interested students are invited to review the eligibility requirements and deadlines for each award.

For questions related to these funding opportunities, email Katherine Conaty, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Fellowships at [email protected]

CCAS Dean's Graduate Conference Travel Grants are not available for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

The CCAS Dean’s Graduate Instructorship (DGI) offers exceptional Ph.D. candidates the unique experience of designing and teaching their own undergraduate courses while obtaining financial support for their dissertation research. Awardees design and teach undergraduate seminars in their areas of expertise, enabling undergraduates to engage intellectually with the cutting-edge research programs of our advanced Ph.D. candidates.

We are no longer accepting DGI applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Application information for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available in Spring 2022.

CCAS invites eligible PhD candidates to apply for the Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF). Each DCF includes a stipend equivalent to the normal GA salary and stipend in the recipient’s respective department for one or two semesters, as well as an award of required candidacy tuition for the period of the fellowship. Fellows whose tuition is covered by external funds receive instead a research fund of $500. 

We are no longer accepting DCF applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Application information for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available in Spring 2022.

Student recipients will receive funding that can be used to help reimburse payment for professional development opportunities that might be considered cost-prohibitive. For example:

  • registration fees for professional conferences in a student’s academic area of interest (not for study abroad fees, academic credit opportunities)
  • costs associated with specialized training opportunities, portfolio development, research (i.e. survey tool, not used for participant survey compensation), etc.
  • business professional attire up to $250 reimbursed

Learn More & Apply for the Fund

The funding for the Lambert Graduate Stipend has been allocated for the Spring 2021 semester. Information about the availability of this award for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available at a later time.

The purpose of the Lambert Graduate Stipend in Arts & Sciences is to provide a stipend to a graduate student at risk of leaving The George Washington University due to financial hardship. 

Please contact your academic department for information. 

The funding for the Jean Stoner Tippett Scholarship has been allocated for the Spring 2021 semester. Information about the availability of this award for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available at a later time.

The purpose of the Jean Stoner Tippett Endowment for Graduate Scholarships is to provide tuition support for graduate students in Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.   

Please contact your academic department for information. 

The GW Career Services Council established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships. Review eligibility requirements and information about the award and the application process below to help you prepare to apply for the award.

 


Office of Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

The GW Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) provides information about funding opportunities at the Master's and PhD levels, including scholarships, fellowships and department funding.

 

 

Visit the OGSAF Website

 

 

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Office of Student Financial Assistance

GW recognizes that there are times during which a student will need emergency support. The university offers a number of funds, in the form of loans and grants, to help address emergencies that arise.

 

 

Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

My award says I should be registered full-time. May I register part-time?

Usually, no. Please contact the staff member listed as the point of contact in your award letter to see whether it is possible to adjust the terms of the award. Salary-only GAs are not required to be full-time students by the College.

When will my tuition award post to my account?

Once you have registered for a given term, the tuition award should post to your student account overnight. Note that you must meet the registration requirements for the award in order for the fellowship to apply. If the award requires full-time registration, it will not post until you have registered for a full-time schedule.

 

If you are receiving an award after you have already been billed for a given term, please allow 8-10 business days from the time you accept for the award to be posted.

My tuition award is not on my account. Who should I contact for help?

Please contact the staff or faculty member listed in your award letter as a point of contact for assistance. 

 

Why do I have a balance on my account for University fees even though I have an award?

Student awards, even “full packages” for doctoral students, do not cover fees. Please review the terms and conditions linked in your award letter for details.

 

I am a GW employee using employee tuition benefits. Am I also eligible for an award?

No, employees may not combine employee benefits with merit awards.

 

I do not currently have an award, but I would like one. What are my options?

If you are a doctoral student, please consult with your Director of Graduate Studies. Many funding decisions are made by the Department.
Current students can find details on competitive scholarship opportunities at GW through the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships: https://www2.gwu.edu/~fellows/

CCAS will distribute information about any other available opportunities that arise to the CCAS Graduate Student Listserv.

I am interested in being a Graduate Assistant. What is the process for becoming one?

Academic departments select Graduate Assistants (GAs). These positions are limited and not available in all departments. Interested candidates should indicate their interest in a GA position on their admission application, if applicable. Students can also contact their program’s DGS for more information about being a GA in a future term.

 

I am an international student/applicant planning to be on a visa. Am I eligible to be a GA or GRA?

The University requires a minimum TOEFL of 100 (IELTS overall of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0) in order to be considered for a GA position. GRAs and Fellows are not required to have a TOEFL higher than the minimum for their program, but note that awards do not cover EAP (English for Academic Purposes) coursework. Students who were waived out of providing test scores for the English language requirement in the application are eligible. Current GW students who have successfully completed EAP (English for Academic Purposes) in a prior term are also eligible. If you are offered a GA or GRA award and you are in the US on a visa, you must be on an appropriate visa (F-1) to accept the award. If you are not on an F-1 visa, please contact your visa sponsor, as GW will request written permission from your sponsor to serve. This may not be possible depending upon your visa type.

I am a GA or GRA. May I take another job on campus?

Almost always, the answer is no. This is because students may not conglomerate positions that would otherwise equal full-time employment when none of those positions has been created to provide full-time benefits. Please contact the fellowship coordinator listed in your award letter if you have questions. Note that exceptions to this policy are not possible.

As an additional matter, students on F-1 student visas are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week. 

Students may work in another position outside of the academic year (summer months) if the term of the GA or GRA appointment is only the academic year.

How do I set up a Direct Deposit?

If you are a GA or GRA, you can find a direct deposit setup option in GWeb. For more instructions, see: https://payroll.gwu.edu/direct-deposit  If you are a fellow (no salary) please visit the Faculty & Staff Service Center (currently in Rice Hall) to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

When do I receive my salary check?

Salaries are paid on the last business day of the month -- a salary is payment for services completed. The employment dates for your GA or GRA appointment will be in your award letter. 

Where do I pick up my salary check?

Your salary check will be available from the Department/Program that is employing you as a GA. If you are being funded from a grant, please check with the Principal Investigator (PI) for your project. If you are not sure who this is, please reach out to the contact in your award letter. We strongly recommend you set up a direct deposit for your own convenience. 

I did not receive my salary. Whom do I contact for help?

As an initial matter, please check with your Department/Program Chair or Admin to make sure all of your hiring paperwork went through. If you did not receive a check as expected, please contact the CCAS Finance Office at [email protected] for a CCAS award, or OGSAF for an award from their office ([email protected]). A point of contact will be listed in your award letter.  

When will my stipend check be available?

Stipends are paid on the first business day of the month. Please consult your award letter for specifics on the duration of your award. If your award has been made late or you have accepted it late, payment will be delayed. Usually there are supplemental stipend payment runs 2-3 times per month.

Where do I pick up my stipend check?

Your stipend check will be available from the office that made your award. If this is CCAS, you can pick up your check from Smith 118 (Graduate Studies Office). For awards from the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships, pick up the check from their office directly. If you are being funded from a grant, please check with the Principal Investigator (PI) for your project. If you are not sure who this is, please reach out to the contact in your award letter. We strongly recommend you set up a direct deposit for your own convenience. 

I did not receive my stipend. Whom do I contact for help?

As an initial matter, please check with your Department/Program Chair or Admin to make sure all of the stipend was submitted in the proper payment systems. If you did not receive a check as expected, please contact the CCAS Finance Office at [email protected] for a CCAS award, or OGSAF for an award from their office ([email protected]). A point of contact will be listed in your award letter.  

Have questions about the Student Health Insurance plan. Whom do I contact for help?

Please see the Colonial Health Center’s website for the most up to date information about the plan available and current rates: https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/student-health-insurance

For questions, please contact the Student Health Insurance Program at [email protected]

 

My letter noted that I am eligible for a Student Health Insurance Related Payment. When will I receive the payment and whom do I contact with questions?

The Student Health Insurance payment amount and timeline are noted in your award letter. Note that only students with a GA or GRA position for at least one semester of the academic year are eligible for the payment. You must also be enrolled in GW’s student health insurance 

plan to receive the payment. The payment will post to your student account after the start of term as a credit. Usually this is done by November 15 for Fall and March 15 for Spring at the latest. You should pay the balance of your bill before the start of classes. For questions about the Health Insurance Related Payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships ([email protected]).

How do I request a refund for the Health Insurance Related Payment or another credit on my bill?

For instructions, please see the website for the Office of Student Accounts: https://studentaccounts.gwu.edu/refunds. You may also leave the credit on your bill to be applied toward a future term.