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Funding Opportunities

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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.

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.

Other University programs and offices have a limited number of graduate assistantships. Learn more about other funding opportunities.

  • Prospective students 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 recommendations to the Graduate Dean.

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. Learn more about graduate assistant and tuition scholar assignments and responsibilities.

  • 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 Master's 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.
  • 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 wish to be considered for the fellowship may email the Graduate Program Director of the program to which they are applying and ask to be nominated for the fellowship. Interested applicants should state their eligibility for and interest in the fellowship when emailing the program director. All nominations must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by  March 15. All nominations must be submitted by the Graduate Program Director.