Scholarships and Funding
Financial Aid- The Office of Financial Aid at George Mason http://financialaid.gmu.edu/ processes both grant and loan assistance requests. They also maintain a database of scholarship opportunities.
In addition, the office of Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships maintains a list of additional opportunities and offers assistance with applications http://www.gmu.edu/depts/saa/fellowships/opportunities/gradstudy.html
Working on campus:
Each year S-CAR hires a number of students in part time administrative roles. As these opportunities open they are circulated to the entire graduate student community with information on how to apply. These appointments are not set aside ahead of time but are done through matching of needs of the position and student experience and skills. Look for announcements on the S-CAR Network and within the emailed weekly newsletters.
Students are eligible for a variety of on-campus positions. In the past students have worked at:
- University Information http://info.gmu.edu/employment.html for the Arlington campus
- Arlington Campus Library
- University Life
- Other administrative offices
- Most on-campus positions are listed through HireMason, https://gmu-csm.symplicity.com/students/ a service available to active students and alumni
Washington, DC still enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Relevant off-campus employments has regularly been found at organizations such as the United States Institute of Peace, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, various International Development agencies and many others. Several websites are particularly good sources for finding positions including:
- Peace and Collaborative Development Network http://www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/
- S-CAR Community Network and Forum (open to current students and alumni)
GMU Graduate Travel Fund:
GMU Graduate Student Travel Fund- Small grants for graduate students to travel to conferences.
S-CAR Travel Fund:
S-CAR has budgeted funds to support S-CAR graduate student travel for conferences and workshops to encourage presentations and publications by S-CAR students. Priority for funding will be given to PhD students, funding requests for MS students will also be reviewed.
In order to be eligible students must have submitted the request first to Mason’s Graduate Student Travel Fund. Information is available at http://www.gmu.edu/org/gstf/
(Here, if you have already received your max from the GMU GSTF, please include documentation that this is the case as part of your S-CAR funding application)
1. Students must have submitted a request to the Mason Graduate Student Travel Fund (GSTF) Apply here at http://gapsa.gmu.edu/resources/gstf/.
2. Students will create an account at travel.gmu.edu and fill out an authorization to travel form with expected expenses. Part of the travel authorization includes registration fees, even if you aren't traveling far for the conference.
3. Submit a copy of the GSTF request package and authorization to travel form by email to Monique Peterson (email@example.com)
4. Submit the following e-form found here.
S-CAR will dispense funding according to the following priority list
1. Paper Presentation
2. Poster Presentation
3. Workshop facilitator
4. Panel participant
5. Professional development
The maximum award is $300 per request.
Following the travel, students will login to travel.gmu.edu and fill out the travel expense reimbursement form and submit it with receipts for reimbursement.
Senior Fellowship Overview
The United States Institute of Peace invites applications for Senior Fellowships in its Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. These fellowships support practitioners and scholars working on research projects concerning the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing, managing, or resolving conflict.
Senior Fellowships generally last for ten months, starting in October. Shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
Proposals in all fields are welcome. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
Senior Fellows play an important role in helping to advance understanding on issues related to the prevention, management, and resolution of international conflicts.
SREB Doctoral Scholars Program
More than one-third of the nation’s workers are people of color. So are more than one-fourth of America’s college students. But the percentage of racial/ethnic minorities who are faculty in higher education is a small fraction of the total. Nationally, about 5 percent are African-American and about 2 percent are Hispanic.
The Southern Regional Education Board’s Doctoral Scholars Program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and to encourage them to seek faculty positions.
Now in its tenth year of operation, the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program supports more than 200 scholars, who attend 78 institutions in 23 states. SREB states share resources, work to expand their minority applicant pool, support qualified candidates with financial assistance for up to five years of graduate study, and assist graduates and higher education institutions in identifying employment opportunities. The program has maintained a retention rate of more than 90 percent, and more than 70 percent of its graduates have begun academic careers.
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