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Financial Support

The University of Kentucky has significant financial resources to support Sociology graduate students throughout their program.

It is the policy of the Department to try to provide funding for all qualified students upon entry into the graduate program. Typically, departmental funding packages consist of a teaching or research assistantship, a full tuition waiver, and student health insurance. Decisions about funding are made in yearly evaluations of graduate student progress, academic performance, and participation in departmental life (e.g., attending departmental colloquium and talks). Students must make systematic progress toward their degrees to ensure continued funding.

Many of our students have been successful in securing fellowships, scholarships, or grants from the Graduate School (see, the College of Arts and Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Naitonal Institutes of Health, and other prominent organizations in order to assist their graduate training.

In addition, the Department of Sociology offers travel scholarships to encourage national and international conference presentations and awards Howard Beers Summer Fellowships to support pre-dissertation research.