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Graduate Assistants & Tuition Scholars

Funding Opporunities

There are two types of competitive, merit-based funding available in most graduate programs:

Tuition Scholarships: which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree

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.

Presidential Fellowship

Presidential Graduate Fellowship for Underrepresented Students 

With the support of the Office of the President, Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is able to offer a limited number of Graduate Fellowships, in order to support Villanova’s commitment to a diverse student body.  The fellowship, which provides full tuition remission and a stipend, is granted for one year, and is renewable for a second year provided the holder of the fellowship remains in good academic standing. The fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Eligibility  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 Master’s degree 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.  

To Nominate a Candidate  Only one nominee is permitted per department. Any student nominated by the graduate program director in each department must already be a recipient of departmental funding (either Graduate Assistantship or Tuition Scholarship). If the student has been awarded funding from another office on campus, they are also eligible for nomination. When the department has selected their nominee, the program director should email Linda Buonanno in the Graduate Studies Office with the name of the student and a brief letter outlining the student's qualifications for the award. Nominations are due to Linda Buonanno in the Graduate Studies Office by March 15

The committee will evaluate the nominations and announce the recipient of the Fellowship by the end of March.

Tuition Remission. The Office of Graduate Studies will inform the Bursar's office to credit student accounts each semester.

Graduate Stipends. For students who submit complete paperwork and visit the Graduate Studies Office in person with their ID for verification prior to the close of business of the first day of classes, your first payment will be issued on September 30. Students must budget accordingly. New Graduate Assistants must fill out several Payroll forms before the beginning of the semester in order to receive their stipend. The forms can be found on this web page. When returning the forms, students will be required to show identification as stipulated on the Federal Government's I-9 form. Once this process is completed, the student's information will be sent by the Dean's Office to the Payroll Office. Until this process is completed, it will not be possible to pay the student stipend.

How to Apply

Prospective Students. 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.

Current Students. 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. In all cases, applications for merit-based funding are reviewed by the faculty in the individual programs, who make the decisions.

We also have information on a few other University programs and offices have a very limited number of graduate assistantships.