African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Financial Aid

Black Studies Fellowships (Henry Bullock Presidential Fellowships)

Each year AADS offers recruitment fellowships to a small number of its incoming graduate students based on their regular admission applications; no separate fellowship application is required.  Stipends vary up to $16,000 per year, plus tuition benefit assistance (TBA) which covers nearly all of tuition and fees for 9 hours of full time coursework. These fellowships are occasionally combined with an additional year of support through a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Research Assistantship.

Teaching Assistantships

AADS offers a limited number of teaching assistantships and substantial research support to graduate students. Many UT departments also offer teaching assistantships. The small number of assistantships available is seldom offered to first-year students, but many graduate students receive teaching assistantships after demonstrating academic promise. TAs receive a stipend ($14,489 per academic year for students who hold an MA or have completed 30 hours of graduate coursework; $13,153 for those who do not hold an MA), a tuition-supplement which is usually sufficient to cover nine hours of coursework (this amount is reduced if the TA is appointed for less than 20 hours a semester), plus an out-of-state tuition waiver for non-residents of Texas and health insurance benefits.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The department also offers a limited number of graduate research assistantships. GRAs typically receive the same support and resources offered to TAs. 

Graduate School Diversity Fellowships

Diversity Fellowships help recruit a diverse graduate student body at The University of Texas at Austin.  There are several types of diversity fellowship awards. All full diversity fellowship awards include a stipend of $16,000 for nine months, health insurance assistance (currently $1100) to help defray the costs of health insurance, and a tuition assistance benefit (TAB - currently $3784 per long semester) towards required tuition and fees. Approximately 100 major diversity recruiting fellowship awards are made annually. Please see the Graduate School website for more information on Diversity Fellowships.

Fellowship Support for Current Students

Other Resources

Please review the various fellowships administered by the Graduate School

Qualified students will be supported financially with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department's Teaching Assistantships (TA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), and with the Henry Bullock Presidential Fellowships.

For more information please contact the AADS Advising Office (