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    Graduate Studies Scholarships/GTAs

    Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

    Each year, the CIS offers two or three 0.5 FTE Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA). Responsibilities include twenty (20) hours per week to the Department of International and Area Studies. The specific assignments will be made at the beginning of the fall semester and will help support the teaching mission of the department.

    The GTA benefits include:

    • A stipend paid during the term of appointment, which is end of August thru middle of May.
    • CIS also applies on the student's behalf a Qualified Graduate Assistant Tuition Waiver for up to the total number of hours necessary to complete the degree.  Tuition for coursework deficiencies specified in your admission letter as a condition of your acceptance will also be waived.

    The conditions to receive the award are:

    • Devote twenty hours per week to your GTA assignment.
    • Maintain an enrollment of at least nine (9) credit hours per semester.
    • Maintain good standing in the Graduate College and satisfactory progress towards completion of your degree requirements. For the MA in International Studies, enrollment in nine (9) hours per semester is considered satisfactory progress towards the degree.
    • Paricipate in a training program for Graduate Teaching Assistants, organized by the Instructional Development Program. This program takes place the week before the beginning of classes.
    • This award is intended for the support of a full time student in the Department of International and Area Studies. Any employment in addition to this Assistantship is incompatible with this intent.

    If you are interested in this opportunity for the Fall semester, please indicate as much in a letter of application. Deadline is February 15. New students as well as current students may apply. The selection of the award recipient will be based on a combination of prior academic achievement, GRE test scores, strong letters of recommendation, and the applicant's statement of purpose.

    Boren Scholars and Fellows Program (NSEP)

    This program, also known as the National Security Education Program (NSEP) enables U.S. graduate or undergraduate students to pursue overseas specialization in area and language study and was created by then Senator David L. Boren in 1991. Specifically, Boren Scholarships (for undergraduate students) and Fellowships (for graduate students) provide financial support to study languages, cultures, and world regions that are deemed critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. students. Areas of the world that are never eligible for the NSEP are Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and languages such as Spanish, French, German, etc.


    While language focus is always changing, examples of recently awarded language programs have been in Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. All participating students must be concurrently participating in an academic program at the time of participation as an NSEP scholar. Limited to U.S. citizens, this program has a federal government service agreement attached to the award and would require work by the recipient at an approved federal position after completion.


    For further information about this program and an exhaustive list of focused languages and service sites, please go to this website:


    Also, please feel free to contact the OU campus representative for NSEP: Melanie Wright,

    Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

    The Graduate College has links to other funding sources for Graduate Students.  Click here for more information.