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Graduate Student Funding

S-CAR Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded to Students

All S-CAR graduate students can apply to the following scholarships. Interested Students may apply to multiple scholarships, but must complete individual applications.

Alumni Scholarship:

  • The award will be made to a returning graduate student at S-CAR.
  • The award will be made to a student based on the student's academic achievements during the previous year(s) and his or her promise as a contributor to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.     
  • The applicant shows commitment to the S-CAR community, and can identify how they will contribute as an alumnus.
  • Application Form

John Burton Scholarship

  • This scholarship goes to a student who has exhibited excellence in academics as well as an emphasis on understanding the role of human needs in promoting conflict.
  • The winner exhibits Burton’s emphasis on collaborative problems solving across conflict divides and keeps the spirit of John Burton’s work alive at S-CAR
  • Application Form

Joan Shapiro Scholarship

  • The Joan Shapiro scholarship is available for full or part time graduate students to assist with costs related to an applied research project.
  • Students will be asked to submit the final report on their project as part of an archive of projects supported by the Shapiro scholarship.
  • Students will be chosen based on academic performance and the quality of the proposed applied research project.
  • Application Form

Wallace Warfield Scholarship

  • This scholarship will support students conducting fieldwork, a practicum or internship in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Recipients will be chosen based on financial need and academic merit; quality of the design of the practice project and applicability to the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and the proposed project's potential for benefit to the external community.
  • All S-CAR graduate students, full or part-time, may apply
  • Application Form

Scholarships Awarded to Students by Faculty Nomination ONLY

Mary Lynn Boland Award for Outstanding Student Service

  • This award is given annually to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and its academic program in terms of time, involvement, dedication, and service.
  • The award winners are individuals who excel at collaborative problem solving, whose contributions to the S-CAR community have enriched the School and those surrounding them.

James H. Laue Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

In the memory of James H. Laue and his dedication and service to the field of education and in particular, S-CAR.

  • This award is given to a graduate student in the MS or PhD program from groups and categories under-represented both in the field at large and in the S-CAR program and/or,
  • Awarded to a student who is likely to carry on work in an area or a topic that would represent a continuation of the work of James H. Laue

Brenda Rubenstein Award

  • The award will be made to a rising second year Master's student based on the student's academic achievements during the first year and his or her promise as a contributor to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.

Faculty Scholarship

  • The award should be made to a returning graduate student at S-CAR.
  • The award will be made to a student based on the student's academic achievements during the previous year(s) and his or her promise as a contributor to the field of conflict analysis and resolution.     

Graduate Research and Teaching Positions

Graduate Research Assistants

A select number of doctoral students are offered Graduate Research Assistant positions each year as part of the admissions process. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires a 20 hour per week commitment. No separate application is necessary, the review committee will use the admissions application. If there is a vacant position, it is advertised in April for the following year. Current S-CAR students will receive the call for applications.

Additional GRA positions may become available through grant funds. These are advertised to the S-CAR student community as they become available. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires a 20 hour per week commitment.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Each year S-CAR selects a small group of Doctoral students, usually students that have advanced to candidacy, as Teaching Assistants. GTAs may be assigned to teach undergraduate course sections, assist faculty with course, or provide advising or course development support. A call for GTA's and application instructions will go out in April for the following year. The positions include a stipend, tuition assistance, and subsidized health insurance and requires an approximately 20 hour per week commitment.

Graduate Lecturers

S-CAR Graduate students can serve as graduate lecturers for undergraduate conflict courses if they hold a Master's degree or have taken at least 18 graduate credits in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Open calls and application instructions for Graduate lecturers are circulated when courses are available.

Grants, Fellowships and Other Funding

Grants and Grant Writing

S-CAR students are encouraged to obtain grants. Contact S-CAR Development Director, Maria Seniw (mseniw@gmu.edu) for assistance with writing and managing grants. Usually S-CAR grants are administered through the Office of Sponsored Programs, which offer grant writing resources and supports.

To find grants, start with Mason's Office of Research Development for workshops, recommended databanks, and other information about grants and grant writing. University Libraries also host several databases for grants, including access to The Foundation Center. Students may find The Foundation Center's free workshopstraining videos, and online seminars to be of great help. For online grant-writing courses, log into your Lynda.gmu.edu account.

*Note- access to the Foundation Directory may require a Mason Patriotpass off campus. The Arlington County Central Public Library also has a version available if you have an Arlington library card.

Fellowships

S-CAR students often obtain fellowships to support their studies and research travel. Connect with Mason's Office of Graduate Fellowships for rich information and guidance on finding and applying for fellowships.

Financial Aid and Residency

See Mason's Office of Financial Aid for assistance with applying for federal loans and other forms of financial assistance. Students may be able to submit a domicile appeal for a reduction in tuition if you meet the Commonwealth of Virginia's requirements.

External Funding Sources

S-CAR regularly posts CAR related opportunities on the S-CAR Network Forum on Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships forum. These are often highlighted in S-CAR newsletters and weekly email announcements. Share with your colleagues the funding resources you have discovered!

Travel Funds

Graduate Travel Grants

S-CAR has funds to support our graduate student travel for conferences and workshops. PhD students get priority, but funding requests for master's students will also be reviewed. The maximum award is $300 per request, which will be awarded as a reimbursement for submitted receipts.

To apply for funding:

S-CAR prioritizes fund requests based on:

  • Paper presentation.
  • Poster presentation.
  • Workshop facilitator.
  • Panel participant.
  • Professional development.

On Campus Employment

Employment through Mason

S-CAR hires a number of students in part-time roles. Look for announcements on the S-CAR Network and within the emailed weekly newsletters. Information about other campus jobs can be found on Mason's Career Opportunities website. Connect with Mason's Career Services or S-CAR's Career Advisor for the tools to help you find work on and off campus.

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