We offer competitive opportunities for graduate funding, including research assistantships, associate instructorships, and fellowships. Our Ph.D. students are normally funded for 5 years, given adequate progress. IU Geography does not fund terminal Master's degrees.
Research Assistantships (RA)
Our research assistantships are funded by individual faculty research funds. The exact award is dependent on the faculty member. These are normally at least financially equivalent to an associate instructor position. Like AI positions, these are 0.5 FTE (20 hour per week) positions with a stipend, fee scholarship, and health insurance.
Associate Instructorships (AI)
Laboratory Instructors: Responsibilities include meeting laboratory/discussion sections and holding office hours and help sessions; attending lectures; setting up labs; proctoring exams; grading labs and exams as necessary; and attending weekly organizational meetings with the instructor in charge of the course.
Independent Instructors: Responsibilities include the independent organization and teaching of a course within the department, including the promulgation of syllabus and choice of course text; the preparation and presentation of lectures; the composition and grading of exams, exercises and labs. These are 0.5 FTE (20 hour per week) positions with a stipend, fee scholarship, and health insurance.
There are a number of Indiana University fellowships that are available to students at various stages in their graduate careers. Our department will nominate appropriate incoming students for awards. To be nominated for such awards as the Chancellor's Fellowships, fellowships for underrepresented students, and the Women in Science Fellowship, it is critical that we have a completed application by early January. You are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships and use them at Indiana University. In addition, the university provides support in grant writing and finding sources of funds through the GradGrant Center.