Department Scholarships 

The following awards and scholarships are available to graduate students in the Africology and African American Studies PhD program.

  • The Adeniyi Coker Award is named for Adeniyi Coker, the first student to graduate with a PhD from our department and an accomplished author, professor and distinguished Black Studies scholar. The student who receives this award demonstrates Pan-African ideals in work and expression.
  • The Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Award is given to a graduate African American Studies student who represents the department’s commitment to community and public action.
  • The James L. Conyers Award is given to three students whose academic papers have been accepted for presentation at national or international conferences.
  • The Molefi Kete Asante Award, named after the department chair, recognizes outstanding intellectual originality and boldness and is given to a second- or third-year graduate student who best represents Afrocentric scholarship.
  • The Octavio Cato Award is named for the famed African American leader in Philadelphia who best articulated the goals and objectives of the African American community in the 19th century. The award recognizes the student who demonstrates a profound dedication to political, social and economic innovation.
  • The Stephen Couvillion Scholarship is named in the honor of a former graduate student. It is awarded to awarded to the master’s student who shows unusual initiative and direction in research and scholarship. The Couvillion Award represents one of the highest awards given in the department.

Learn more about departmental scholarship opportunities

Research and Teaching Assistantships 

As a graduate student, you may apply for a research or teaching assistantship.

  • Research assistantships are awarded competitively. Research assistants work up to 20 hours a week and are compensated with a basic health insurance plan, a stipend and tuition remission.
  • Teaching assistantships typically require you to work 20 hours a week in support of the department’s undergraduate programs. You’ll be compensated with a basic health insurance plan, nine credits of tuition remission per term and a nine-month stipend.

Learn more about becoming a graduate teaching or research assistant

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are available through Temple’s Graduate School for students with exceptional academic records. They include

  • Presidential Fellowships, which are reserved for only the most outstanding candidates;
  • University Fellowships, which are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields; and
  • Future Faculty Fellowships, which are intended for outstanding students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted graduate students from underrepresented groups in an applicant’s discipline who show exceptional leadership or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing academic careers. 

These fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for two years. Learn more about fellowship opportunities for graduate students.

Fellowship Advising

Information on fellowship-related workshops for current graduate students can be found in the Deadlines and Events section of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising. Resources for preparing applications can be found under Application Resources.

If you are considering applying for a graduate fellowship, schedule an appointment to meet with the fellowships advisor.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Stafford Loans

Applying for federal Stafford loans requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to full-time graduate students up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually.

Federal Work-Study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program is based on the applicant’s need as determined by the information on the applicant's FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half time and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.

Learn aid, scholarship and work-study options at Student Financial Services, as well as aid information specific to graduate students.