Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships
At present, the university has approximately 900 university assistantships in all areas. Stipend amounts for assistantships vary from department to department and interested applicants should contact the specific department for information regarding stipend levels available. 

In addition to academic departments, graduate service assistantships are available in other areas including but not limited to Alumni Association, Athletics, Career Services, Center for Community & Civic Engagement,  Financial Aid, Human Resources, Institutional Effectiveness, McNair Scholars Program, Moffett Health Clinic, Recreational Sports, and the USM Foundation.

To maintain an assistantship a student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  General tuition and the non-resident fee are waived for graduate assistantship holders. To qualify for this waiver, students on assistantships must be registered for courses totaling nine (9) hours during a fall/spring semester (three hours during the summer term). Courses taken as audit do not count toward these hours. Inquiries regarding assistantships should be directed to the chair of the department to which the student is applying and assistantship applications must be filed by the department’s deadline. Check with the department chairs or directors for deadlines and additional materials.

Fellowships
Southern Miss also participates in several national fellowship programs. The Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) offers competitively selected fellowships to minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who plan to become university professors. Additionally, several departments participate in the Government Assistance in Areas of National Need (GANN) program that provides fellowships to doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics also. We are also introducing the Ford Foundation fellowship which is offered to minority students in various majors.

Financial Aid
Applicants should contact Financial Aid at financial.aid@usm.edu regarding aid available to graduate students.