Graduate Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants work closely with Sociology Professors in teaching and research activities. Assistantships pay a 9-month $9,846 stipend (for in-State students)* and are awarded based on qualifications.


Requirements:
  • Must have a regular admission to and regular standing in the Sociology department as a Masters student
  • Maintain a full time course work load (6-9 credit hours per semester)
  • Work 20 hours per week
  • Submit a complete application
Term Limits:

GAs are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis. Students should submit their applications each semester. Masters students may serve as assistants a maximum of 2 years based on performance of the department need.

Applications are due December 5th for Spring 2015 and August 7th for Fall 2015.

*We also offer out-of-State assistantships. Please e-mail the Director of Graduate Studies for more details.

 

Apply for an Assistantship


Travel Opportunities

The Graduate School has awarded the Department of Sociology $4000 in travel funds for students in the master's program.

These funds can be used to present papers and posters at sociological conferences. Please note that the funds cannot be used to just attend a conference.

To apply for funds you need to submit the following:

  • Title and abstract of paper or poster
  • Conference name, location, and date
  • Proposed budget

Application deadline is December 4, 2015; Please submit your application to jason.konefal@shsu.edu. Following the deadline funds will be provided on a rolling basis depending on availability.

Budget:

  • Expenses that can be covered include: transportation costs, accommodations, food (within per diem), and conference registration.
  • You will need receipts and documentation for all expenses.
  • Generally, you will need to pay for expenses and then you will be reimbursed.

If you receive funding, but decide not to go, you need to let the Director of the Graduate Program know ASAP. This way the funds can be re-allotted to another student.

On submitting to a conference:

  • Conference submission deadlines generally are several months to a half a year prior to the conference. Most conferences just require an abstract. However, some conferences require a paper, such as the American Sociological Association. Note that notification of acceptance can take a couple of months. Many conferences are not competitive, but some have limited space and thus, will reject papers.
  • While the deadline for this funding is earlier than many conference submission and notification deadlines, I encourage you to apply for funding if you are planning on submitting a paper or poster. You can then notify me if your paper does not get accepted or you change your mind.

Note: The funding needs to be spent by the end of SHSU's fiscal year, which is August 31. This means the paper work needs to be filed approximately a week before this.


Scholarships

To Apply for the Following Sociology Scholarships:

A number of scholarships are available for graduate students. Scholarships are awarded annually each Spring, and are distributed over two semesters (Fall and Spring) contingent upon full-time enrollment (for Graduate students a minimum of 6 hours) and excellent academic standing. To apply, students should send a letter of application explaining their background, specific sociological areas of interest, and the characteristics that make them a good candidate for scholarship support, an unofficial SHSU transcript, and one letter of recommendation to the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Dr. Karen Douglas. Please send all application materials via e-mail to Dr. Karen Douglas (kmd007@shsu.edu). The filename of each attached document must include the applicant’s name; for example: “DouglasApplicationLetter.” Applications will also be accepted via U.S. Mail to Dr. Karen Douglas, Department of Sociology, SHSU, Huntsville, TX 77341-2446. For additional inquiries regarding scholarships, please contact Dr. Karen Douglas.

Students who are new to our program (just entering next semester) may also apply for scholarships. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information.

Applications for scholarships are due each Spring by March 20th.

Please note that applicants need to submit only one set of application materials to be considered for all scholarships.


The Ramsey Woods Scholarship

Available to full-time graduate students in Sociology. Preference is given to students with interests in Rural Sociology or Inequality. Awarded annually (for Fall and Spring semesters) on the basis of academic accomplishments and interest. (Award amounts vary.)


The Ruth A. De Blanc Scholarship

Available to full-time graduate students in Sociology. Awarded annually (for Fall and Spring semesters) on the basis of financial needs and academic accomplishments. (Award amounts vary.) 


Dan and Donna Beto Sociology Scholarship

Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate student (with preference to graduate students) majoring in Sociology. Student must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students with an interest in areas of Social Control, Deviance, or Inequality. Financial need may be a consideration, but not a determining factor.


Prince Sociology Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Sociology. The student must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need may be a consideration, but not a determining factor.


Walter & Minnie Bennett Scholarship

Awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Sociology. Preference is given to students with interests in marriage & the family or community. Student must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed 9 credit hours in Sociology at SHSU. Financial need may be a consideration.


For graduate students, University scholarships and Graduate School Scholarships are also available.


For more information, please contact

Dr. Jason Konefal, Director of Graduate Studies

and/or

Dr. Karen Douglas, Chair of the Scholarship Committee

Click on SHSU Scholarships or Financial Aid for more information.

 


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