Financial Assistance

The School is committed to fully funding all graduate students accepted into its programs and makes every effort to meet that goal. If you are unable to pursue your education without financial support, check the appropriate box on the application form and note this in your statement of goals, research interests, and experience.

Opportunities for financial support are available to graduate students in three forms: fellowships, assistantships, and loans.

Fellowships

Some types of financial aid for outstanding students, such as the Flagship Fellowship program sponsored by the Graduate School, must be applied for by the School on your behalf.  To be considered for these special awards, we recommend you complete the application process by December 15th.
Fellowships can provide full time funding for up to two years and include:

  • Stipends of $18,827 - $21,106 paid 50% at the start of fall and winter terms.
  • Tuition waivers (tuition remission) for 10 hrs course credit in fall term; 4 hrs course credit in January term, and 10 hrs course credit in spring term.
  • A supplement of 50% on student health insurance.

Half fellowships and summer research fellowships are also offered as supplements to other forms of funding.

Assistantships

Assistantships can provide full time funding for up to two years for Ma and four years for PhDs. Full assistantships require 20 hrs/week of work and include:

  • Stipends of $18,827 - $21,106 paid bi-weekly.
  • Tuition waivers (tuition remission) for 10 hrs course credit in fall term; 4 hrs course credit in January term, and 10 hrs course credit in spring term.
  • A supplement of 80% on employee health insurance.

Half assistantships (10 hrs of work per week) are also offered as supplements to other forms of funding.

Loans

Loans are arranged through the Office of Financial Aid and can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Please visit their web site for criteria and deadlines.

The Graduate School encourages graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to seek funding for their work and research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Students may seek funding for a variety of needs including research, stipend support and travel to meetings or conferences. In order to help facilitate this search, the Graduate School is providing the below link to a resource that has an extensive selection of funding opportunities in a format that is quite "user friendly." Despite its name, The Community of Science (COS) lists funding sources for all disciplines.

http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/prospective_students/ExternalFundingSearch.html (link for above COS)
 

Faculty

Program News

Last month, TDPS welcomed back Drew Barker (MA Theatre and Performance Studies ’13) as the new Performing Arts Librarian at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL).

On Friday, February 10 we celebrated Randy Lord and Steve Fessler’s generous gift to the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS).

Congratulations to everyone in the TDPS family—faculty, students, and alumni—who was nominated for a 2017 Helen Hayes Award! We are doing extraordinary work in the DC theatre scene!