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Funding your Graduate Studies

A presentation for English Department students offered on Friday, August 26.
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Leonardo Flores

on 12 September 2011

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Transcript of Funding your Graduate Studies

Funding your Graduate Studies
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Apply to Graduate School
Undergraduate Funding Model:
Scholarships /Grants (e.g. Pell Grant)
Parental Contribution
Work-Study
Student Loans
Graduate Funding Model:
Assistantships
Fellowships
Part-time Employment
Student Loans
Types of Assistantships:
Teaching
Research
Administrative
Residential
Duties:
Teach 3-4 classes per year
Generally service courses
Benefits:
Work experience for you.
Faculty can focus on their specialization.
Administration reduces labor costs.
Duties:
Work with an individual or group research project.
Job description varies with the kind of work done.
Benefits:
Prestige, experience, contributing to research project.
Potential for co-authoring publications.
Duties:
Work about 20 hours per week.
Job descriptions vary: Writing Centers, Clerical work, Data Entry, Website or Collections Management, etc.
Benefits:
Lighter workloads.
Work that stays at work.
Duties:
Supervising undergraduate residences
Administrative duties
Advisory duties
Benefits:
Includes campus housing
Types:
Local
National
Graduate
Dissertation
Postdoctoral
Benefits:
Good stipends: $20-30,000
You focus on your studies
May include travel funds
Prestige
Can enhance admissions prospects.
Often combined with Assistantships.
Managed by university as a recruitment incentive.
Investments in:
Specific research areas
Underrepresented populations
For any part (or all) of your graduate studies.
For dissertation work, once you've become a candidate.
For participation in a research project once you've completed your PhD.
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/index.html
http://www.hispanicarts.org/scholarshipmenu.htm
http://www.hsf.net/innercontent.aspx?id=424#grads
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/minority.phtml
Student Loans:
Guaranteed Student Loans
Low interest rates
You don't start to pay until 6 months from the end of your studies.
Leonardo Flores, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Associate Dean of Educational Technologies
University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus
Contact Information: http://blogs.uprm.edu/flores
http://graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/financial-support/prestigious-fellowships/fernandez-fellowships/
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