Financial Aid

The Department of Sociology provides competitive funding packages for all students we admit who need funding. The funding package includes a stipend for a 20-hour per week appointment as a graduate teaching assistant or research assistant, a waiver of tuition, and health insurance.

Anticipated stipend levels for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:

Level I:  $21,594.89 for graduate assistants with at least B.A.
Level II: $22,722.77 for graduate assistants who achieve the M.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut or another university.
Level III: $25,262.25 for graduate assistants who have attained the M.A. in Sociology and passed the doctoral general exam.


Students typically receive the following types of appointments:

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
 (typically for pre-MA students) – involves assisting a faculty member in his/her undergraduate or graduate courses with preparation of exams, grading, meeting with students during office hours, class administration, and sometimes leading class discussion sections.
Graduate Instructors (typically for post-MA students) – involves full responsibility for teaching one’s own undergraduate class.
Research Assistant – involves assisting faculty with their research projects that are funded by internal or external grants.

All financial awards are the same, regardless of whether the student is an in-state or out-of-state resident or an international student. For more information about stipends, see the Payroll Department Website.

In addition, some students may qualify for Outstanding Scholars Program Fellowshipsand/or Multicultural Scholars Program Fellowships which provide full (20-hour) or partial (10-hour) stipends with no service obligations. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis university-wide by the Graduate School based on nominations by the Sociology Department.

Applications must be received by January 10 in order to be considered for these awards.


Other graduate assistantships offered by University of Connecticut can be found here.