Financial Support - General Information

Interdisciplinary Symposia/Conferences

The Graduate School will provide funding (up to $2000) to support events such as symposia, conferences, or meetings that are organized by graduate students and which encourage interdisciplinary dialogue. Postdocs may be involved as well, but graduate student participation in the planning and organization is expected.

Florida State University’s Second Annual Interdisciplinary Performance Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 8:30am – 5:30pm in Montgomery Hall. The symposium is made possible by generous support from The Florida State University Graduate School, the School of Dance, and the Center for the Music of the Americas. Graduate students created the event last year to deepen an understanding of the many ways the arts and performance studies can interact and collaborate. This year will not only bring together academic disciplines across FSU’s campus to share performance research, but for the first time, participatory workshops will be offered from dance, music, art, and theater, giving attendees a chance to immerse themselves in creative, interdisciplinary work.  


Council of Graduate Schools Resolution

All students receiving funding from the University (e.g. Fellowship or Assistantship) will be held to the stipulations put forward by the Council of Graduate Schools resolutions regarding accepting awards. Please view the attached document for the full resolution.

Teaching Assistantships

Almost all departments offer teaching assistantships to assist with the college or departmental teaching effort. Duties can range from serving as a grader to teaching a course. Such appointments depend on experience and training, and range in time commitment from ten to twenty hours per week. Stipends vary from discipline to discipline, but each discipline attempts to be competitive in its area. Assistants receive nine hours of tuition waivers each term from their respective department in addition to the stipend.

Contact the chair or director of graduate studies in your college or department for more information and application forms.

Research Assistantships

Departments that have been successful in gaining outside support through contracts and grants may employ graduate students as research assistants on research projects. Duties and stipends vary from program to program, but each program attempts to offer stipends which are competitive in its area. Research assistants also receive tuition waivers. These opportunities should be discussed with the chair or director of graduate studies in your department, and with grant holders.

Assistantships Outside Academic Areas

Other areas of the University, such as Student Affairs or Finance and Administration, sometimes have available assistantships for graduate students enrolled at the University. Duties and stipends vary, and waivers may be available. Check with your academic program for eligibility.


For Out-of-State and International Students

Residents of 15 southern and mid-atlantic states, and many foreign countries may qualify for in-state tuition while pursuing a graduate degree at Florida State.

Academic Common Market

Through the Academic Common Market, residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia may qualify for in-state tuition rates at Florida State University. Eligibility varies by program of study and state of residence.

For further information consult your academic program, or the Southern Regional Education Board .

Florida’s Linkage Institutes

Through Florida's Linkage Institutes, citizens of numerous countries including: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Maliu, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan may be eligible to receive waivers of the out-of-state portion of tuition at Florida State University. For further information consult your academic program, or the appropriate Linkage Institute.

Latin American/Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship Program

Graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship from the federal government or the State government of a minimum of $500 per academic year (fall and spring semesters) may be eligible to be designated as Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship recipients.


Establish In-State Residency

(Not applicable for International Students)

You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or a legal alien granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to be eligible to become a Florida resident.

Please contact the Residency Office in the University Registrar’s Office for more information, (850) 644-1050.


OAS Scholarships

Graduate scholarships offered by the Organization of American States for study towards a Master’s or Doctorate degree may be awarded to students who are citizens of Latin American and Caribbean member states of OAS for study at FSU. Florida State University is a member of the OAS Consortium of Universities. OAS Academic Scholarships may also be used by U.S. citizen students for graduate research in an OAS member state, if required by a specific academic program.

Scholarships are awarded for an initial period of one academic year and may be renewed subsequently for up to one additional year if funds remain available and if the renewal is necessary to complete the program of study or research for which the scholarship was initially awarded. The OAS does not offer scholarships for studies in the medical sciences. No- interest loans are also available through the Rowe Fund.

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