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Competitive Fellowships


  • The School of Graduate Studies holds a Graduate Research Fellowship Competition each year for graduate students working towards the master's degree or sixth year diploma program. Each fellowship award is in the amount of $12,000.
  • Applications require departmental nomination, sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty who will serve as a research advisor, and must be associated with scholarly research of a quality that can be submitted for refereed publication or in a refereed creative activity appropriate to the academic discipline. The GRF provides support to a graduate student while completing the research associated with a capstone project (i.e., thesis, dissertation, special project, or equivalent). At the conclusion of the fellowship the student will be required to submit their approved project report to the School of Graduate Studies, Research, and Innovation. 
  • Consideration for a Graduate Research Fellowship is contingent upon 1) acceptance to a master's degree or sixth year program, 2) a complete Fellowship application, 3) sponsorship by a member of the graduate faculty, and 4)nomination by a graduate degree program at SCSU. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 for their undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for all completed graduate work, if any.


  • The Graduate School's Graduate Assistantship (GSGA) is a non-need based award administered
    through the School of Graduate Studies and is contingent upon: (1) acceptance
    to a graduate degree or sixth-year certificate; (2) the achievement of a minimum
    3.2 grade point average for all undergraduate coursework; and (3) a 3.75 grade point
    average for all graduate coursework.
  • Students cannot hold other University supported positions (such as graduate student worker; graduate
    research fellow; graduate teaching assistant; research administrative assistant; resident
    advisor; graduate intern, or adjunct faculty) while holding the GSGA award.
  • GSGA awardees will be required to complete an average of 20 contact hours of work
    per week during the academic year. Specifc activities will be dependent on the nature
    of the assistantship offered by the department/administrative unit and approved by
    the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Two types of GSGA’s are: (1) graduate
    teaching assistantship; and (2) graduate research assistantship.
  • Each GSGA award involves a scholarship/stipend totaling $12,000 for the academic
    year. Up to ten awards will be made for the academic year by the Dean of the School
    of Graduate Studies.