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Funding Opportunities

There are many opportunities for graduate students to receive funding in order to pursue of a doctoral degree at Texas A&M.


Full-time doctoral graduate students are often funded through departmental graduate assistantships. All funded graduate students serve as teaching assistants, and some have the opportunity to also serve as research assistants to graduate faculty in the department. An assistantship requires a student to work the equivalent of 20 hours/week.  CMJR graduate assistants receive funds for tuition and a 9-month stipend of $18,000.  Additional summer teaching appointments are sometimes available.


The Graduate and Professional School as well as the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas A&M University offer a number of competitive fellowships for outstanding applicants. These fellowships include: Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, Lechner Fellowship, Diversity Fellowship, and the Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship (exclusively for prospective students with a Bachelors degree from Texas A&M). Fellowship candidates are nominated by the department, and prospective students do not directly apply for these awards. However, in order to be fully considered for these fellowships, completed applications for admission must be received by the department no later than December 15.


Graduate students in the Department of Communication are expected to present research at academic conferences. In order to help defray the costs of travel associated with academic conferences and research,  students have the opportunity to apply for a number of research and travel grants offered by the department, college, and university. These awards include (but are not limited to):