Graduate Program Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships

Historically, most full-time students accepted into the Department of Philosophy program at Western Michigan University have received financial aid through graduate assistantships.

The graduate assistantship consists of a salary and a tuition waver.  The salary for a full graduate assistantship in 2013-14 was $11,646.  In 2014-15 the tuition waiver will cover a maximum of 9 credit hours per regular session term.

Graduate assistant appointment awards are contingent upon the following conditions:

  • Satisfactory completion of 12 graduate credit hours during the academic year
  • Maintaining a program grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completing 600 hours of service activities as assigned, averaging 20 hours per week for weeks classes are in session over the course of the award
  • Adherence to all University policies, regulations, directives, guidelines and student codes

Assignments

In their first year, most graduate assistants in the Department of Philosophy are assigned to assist professors teaching large classes, perhaps including leading discussion sections. Beginning in the summer sessions and through their second year, most have responsibility for teaching classes on their own with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Some graduate assistants may alternatively be assigned to provide research assistance.

Mark Rochon Graduate Fellowship

Two Mark Rochon Graduate Fellowships of $1,000 each will be offered to qualified applicants, chosen on the basis of academic merit.

Sylvia Culp Memorial Fellowship

A Sylvia Culp Memorial Fellowship of $1000 will be available to qualified applicants. Preference will be given to members of under-represented groups within the discipline.

Heraclitean Society Essay Prize

Philosophy graduate students, both graduate assistants and non-graduate assistants, may compete for the Heraclitean Society Essay Prize. The award is $1,000 and often divided between two or more winners.

Additional funding sources