Teaching and research assistantships provide a monthly stipend and a full tuition waiver in return for students working 20 hours a week. Students on assistantship are responsible for paying course and university fees. Teaching assistants are responsible for laboratory instruction and for assisting professors with undergraduate lecture courses, whereas research assistants conduct original research under the supervision of the faculty member providing the assistantship. Assistantships are competitively awarded to full-time students, and support is typically provided for only the 9-month academic year (August 16 - May 15). At the discretion of the faculty supervisor, research assistantships may provide 12 months of support. Continuation of an assistantship depends on student performance; they are typically renewed for a total of four semesters for an M.S. student and eight semesters for a Ph.D. student.
Students applying for fall admission should submit this application for an assistantship no later than February 1. Students seeding to begin their studies in January should submit no later than October 1 of the preceding year.
Department Scholarships, Fellowships and Research Support
Jonathan H. Berg Fellowship (Graduate students) Departmental fellowship available to current or incoming graduate students in Geology and Environmental Geosciences.
Brian Fugiel Scholarship (Graduate students) Departmental scholarship available to graduate students pursuing field studies as part of their thesis or dissertation research.
Samuel S. Goldich Fund (Graduate students) Departmental fund that supports student research and participation in professional conferences.
Ira Edgar Odom Scholarship (Graduate and Undergraduate students) Departmental scholarship available to students studying Mineralogy or Petrology.
John R. Young Scholarship (Undergraduate students) Departmental scholarship available to undergraduate majors in any emphasis in Geology and Environmental Geosciences.
NIU Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships
Several fellowship stipends are awarded each year by the Graduate School on the basis of departmental nomination and university-wide academic competition. Some scholarships are available for qualified minority applicants; students should contact the assistant dean of the Graduate School to obtain further information.