Assistantships and Fellowships

Teaching and Research Assistantships

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. degree student and eight semesters for a Ph.D. degree student.

Interested students should submit an application for an assistantship by the following deadlines:

Fall: February 1.

Spring: October 1 of the preceding year

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.

Graduate Student Funding

General Scholarship Information

Financing your Education


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