Student Funding Opportunities

The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies is able to guarantee 3-4 years of funding for students in the Ph.D. Program.

*Note: Because of budget limitations, the department does not offer assistantships or tuition remissions to students in the MA program.  However, students in this program are eligible to apply for DGSF and AOP Fellowships.

Most admitted Ph.D. students are funded via academic-year Teaching  Assistantships, which require approximately 20  hours of work per week. In addition to their stipends (approximately $13,750 per academic year for o teaching assistant), these appointments include full remission of tuition (both in-state and out-of-state tuition), as well as benefits such as low-cost health insurance.

Some Ph.D. students may also be funded through Research Assistantships or Project Assistantships (which also typically require 20 hours of work per week).

Chancellor’s Awards

Chancellor’s Graduate Students Awards are offered to newly admitted students each year. These awards combine a grant with a 50% teaching assistantship. Both the grant and the TA position may be renewed for a second year. Chancellor’s Awards ore usually awarded to non-residents applying to the Ph.D. program. No application is needed to be considered for a Chancellor Award.

UWM Graduate School Fellowships

The Graduate School currently offers five fellowships for full-time study, each with a monthly stipend for the academic year, coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out of state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin), and eligibility of state-sponsored health insurance. Fellowship recipients are responsible for paying segregated free.

 We encourage students to apply for extramural funding. Students can get assistance from in locating funding sources through their advisors and with the grant office.