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Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

Philosophy has funding opportunities for Graduate Assistantships that involve either teaching or research.  

Applications received by May 15, 2017 will be eligible for consideration for a Graduate Assistantship. 

Since we cannot offer all students a Graduate Assistantships, we strongly encourage students who need funding to seek it from other sources. There are a number of University and Graduate School opportunities open to all graduate students. We strongly encourage all applicants and current students to review and pursue (at least) the following:

New Applicants Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

If you are a new applicant and wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship beginning in Fall 2017, please, in addition to completing your application to our program through EMU’s Graduate School, send the following two documents directly to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Laura McMahon, by May 15, 2017:

  1. A Writing Sample (10-20 pages)
    This document should demonstrate your capacities as a writer, a researcher, and a thinker.  Normally, the writing sample would be a paper you wrote for an advanced undergraduate course in Philosophy, but it need not be: it could be a paper from an advanced university course in another discipline, or it could be a non-academic piece of writing that you believe conveys your capacities as a writer.
  1. A Letter of Application for Funding (maximum 250 words)
    In this Letter of Application, please discuss your preparedness to assume the position of a Research Assistant, along with any other considerations that you think might be relevant for our decision (including financial need).    

Stephen G. Cassar Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Philosophy

This scholarship is set up in memory of Stephen G. Cassar for graduate students in the Philosophy program. Minimum GPA is 3.5 for consideration for this scholarship.

University- and College-Wide Scholarships

Additional scholarships may be found on the websites of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Office of Financial Aid, Campus Life, and the EMU Women’s Association.

Travel and Research Support

The Department offers support for travel to conduct research or to present at a conference; please ask your faculty mentor about this funding. Graduate students should also apply to these sources of funding for research and travel to conferences: