Financial Aid for Graduate Students
Applicants may be considered for several types of financial aid. Students are nominated by the Department. No additional materials are required unless otherwise indicated.
- All US applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid should fill out the appropriate section of the FAFSA.
- International applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid should fill out the Certification of Financial Responsibility, and visit the International Office's Financial Aid page.
The Office of Graduate Studies allows each department to nominate a few applicants for University Fellowships. Funded by a variety of sources, these fellowships can be used alone or in conjunction with other offers.
Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship for Doctoral Research
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health awards a $20,000 fellowship annually to one or more doctoral students completing a dissertation on the human experience in crises caused by natural or other major disasters or, in a broader sense, stress and adversity. The fellowship is open to doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin.
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Sociology
Mellon Fellows conduct field research in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Topics include any subject related to Latin American sociology. The fellowship provides tuition, fees, conference and international travel allowance, research expenses, health insurance during the entire term of study, a teaching assistantship for two years, and a two-year fellowship, contingent upon maintaining satisfactory progress.
Graduate Traineeships in Demography
Outstanding students specializing in social demography may be nominated for a graduate traineeship. The Population Research Center administers two training grants that provide stipends for predoctoral study. These awards have a monthly stipend plus health insurance for 12 months, tuition and fees, and travel to the annual meeting of the Population Association of America.
Different from the research assistant, the research intern conducts independent research in conjunction with a selected faculty member. Students selected for this fellowship often present results of their internship at conferences, including PAA and ASA. The internship provides a one-year stipend plus tuition and fees for that year.
Teaching Assistantship (TA)
The Department usually offers several teaching assistantships to new students. Benefits include a monthly stipend, tuition assistance, and insurance coverage. See the Office of Graduate Studies Student Employment page for further information.
Research Assistantship (RA)
Research assistants are selected by individual faculty members and funded by a variety of grantors. The Population Research Center, the Graduate School, the School of Social Work, and several individual faculty members have recently sponsored research assistants.
Other Financial Aid Resources
- ASA Funding opportunities range from special projects to small grants for teaching.
- National Institute of Health The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research provides funding for individual research projects and conferences.
- National Science Foundation The Sociology Program supports research on problems of human social organization, demography, and processes of individual and institutional change.
- Population Council Fellowships Research through a variety of fellowship programs are supported.
- Social Science Research Council These programs provide pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and advanced research grants in both the social sciences and humanities.
- UNESCO United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
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