Department Funding

There are two types of competitive, merit-based funding available in most graduate programs for matriculated degree-seeking students who are studying full-time: Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of credits required for the degree; and Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission. International students as well as students from the US are eligible for these merit-based funding options.

Those not already enrolled in one of the graduate programs in arts and sciences may apply for funding at the time of their application for admission, as part of the online application. Students already enrolled in a graduate program should contact their graduate program director if they wish to be considered for a tuition scholarship or assistantship. Applications for merit-based funding are reviewed by the faculty in the individual programs, who make the decisions.

A few other University programs and offices have a very limited number of graduate assistantships. For more information, see this web page.

Graduate assistants and tuition scholars are expected to attend the University full-time, and perform various duties for their individual department, such as research assistance to faculty, tutoring, and classroom or laboratory teaching assistance. For more information, see:

* GA and TS Responsibilities.pdf
Graduate Assistants and Tuition Scholars Responsibilities

Presidential Graduate Fellowship for Underrepresented Students

With the support of the Office of the President, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is able to offer a limited number of Graduate Fellowships, which provide full tuition remission and a stipend.  The fellowship is provided for one year, and is renewable for a second year if the holder of the fellowship remains in good academic standing. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and members of an underrepresented group (Asian or Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native), and who have been accepted as matriculated into any campus-based graduate program in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, are eligible for consideration for this fellowship. Applicants must plan to enter Villanova as full-time students starting in the Fall term.  Students who have already begun a graduate program at Villanova are not eligible. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the fellowship should inform the Graduate Program Director of the program to which they are applying of their eligibility and interest by March 15, or they may inform the Graduate Dean directly of their interest, at graddean@villanova.edu.