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Incoming doctoral students receive funding packages that include a tuition waiver and several years of teaching and/or research assistantships, contingent on satisfactory progress in the program. Beyond those initial years of funding, other funded teaching  opportunities are available subject to departmental needs, and both internal and external funding is available on a competitive basis. The department also offers workshops and support to help advanced graduate students seek and obtain external research grants for writing, fieldwork and other research.

Department of Political Science Conference / Summer Research Grants

This department provides modest amounts of competitively allocated grant support to doctoral students currently in their second year or higher for conference travel and summer research or training in the following categories:

Full-Year Internal Funding - UMass Amherst

External Funding for Graduate Study

A good first step in the pursuit of external funding is to visit our Graduate Funding Database.

External Funding - Pre-dissertation, general

External Funding - Dissertation, general

External Funding - Specialized areas of study


Global Issues

Governance and Institutions

Women’s Studies

Library Research

Research Methods