Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Assistantships

Ph.D. Graduate Assistantships carry a stipend for two semesters (Fall and Spring) and a tuition waiver (not including student fees) for 9 hours each semester.

Students with assistantships:

  • must successfully complete nine hours of course work each semester of the assistantship;
  • will be assigned (a) full responsibility to teach an undergraduate class in Sociology and/or (b) serve as a teaching assistant for particular faculty members. Assignments will depend on department needs and on student skills and interests;
  • should attend workshops offered by the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence;
  • are expected to be active members of the Sociology department graduate student community.

Note: Assistantships awarded to students entering the Ph.D. program from outside the state of Florida require that students apply at the Office of the Registrar for Florida residency immediately after entering the program.

Applying for an assistantship

Unless funded by external sources, all applicants to the Ph.D. program automatically apply for Graduate Assistantships. No additional materials are required.

Criteria for awarding continuing assistantships

Decisions about renewing Ph.D. assistantships for a second and third year will be made by the Graduate Committee in the Spring semester. Barring budgetary shortfalls, continuing assistantships will be awarded providing there is:

  • adequate progress being made through the program, and
  • evidence of responsibility in the current year of assistantship.