Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Graduate Awards

Loyola awards assistantships and fellowships only to full-time students in the PhD program.

Tuma-Gravett Tuition Assistance Award

This tuition award has been established through the generosity of Loyola alumni, David Tuma, BA in political science, and Amber Gravett, BA in English and minor in political science. Each year, the department will choose two M.A. applicants as recipients of the award. Selection will be based on merit, with undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, and GRE scores taken into consideration. All applicants to the political science MA program will be considered for this award. Applicants to the BA/MA or MA/JD program are not eligible for the award.


Assistantships are awarded only to full-time students (taking 9 credit hours each semester), and provide an academic year stipend of $14,000. Additionally, graduate assistants receive a tuition fellowship covering 21 hours per academic year. Graduate assistants are assigned relevant professional work for no more than 20 hours per week.

Teaching Fellowships

PhD students who have received their MA degrees are eligible to compete for the University Teaching Fellowship. Fellows teach four courses each year and participate in a special University program. Teaching fellowships provide an academic year stipend of $14,000, and include full tuition.

Dissertation Fellowships

Students who have successfully passed their comprehensive exams and have had their dissertation proposals approved are eligible to compete for University Dissertation Fellowships and Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowships. These awards carry an academic year stipend of $14,000; they include dissertation supervision fees and require no service. The award is not renewable.

In recent years, graduate students in the Department of Political Science have proven highly competitive through the attainment of Teaching Fellowships, and Dissertation Fellowships.

Other Sources

Many graduate students in the Department have found positions and been awarded assistantships by working for the Graduate School, the University Libraries, and elsewhere in the University.

Students who are interested in Urban Politics may apply for a fellowship from the Center for Urban Research and Learning. For more information, CURL.

The Graduate School also offers travel grants of up to $250 for travel expenses related to conference presentations and research.

The State of Illinois provides fellowships for minority graduate students at both the MA and PhD levels. For more information, please visit the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois home page at http://www.ibhe.state.il.us/DFI/default.htm.