Doctoral & Master’s Awards & Scholarships

Graduate students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance may apply for graduate assistantships, fellowships, performance grants and tuition scholarships. Unless otherwise noted, awards are open to both master’s and doctoral students. All awards are highly competitive and based on a record of academic and artistic excellence.

For more information, contact Edward Flanagan, associate dean of Boyer College of Music and Dance, at 215-204-8301 or edward.flanagan@temple.edu.

Music Assistantships

Awards are open to full-time graduate students only. Based largely upon the quality of the student's undergraduate record and experience, these awards include full or partial tuition remission, a cash stipend per year, and health insurance. Recipients teach or render comparable service to the school.

Assistantships are available in the following areas.

  • Aural Theory
  • Choral Conducting
  • Computer Music Synthesis
  • Marching Band
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Therapy
  • Opera
  • Performance (Keyboard, Instrumental and Voice)
  • Piano Accompanying

Performance Grants

Performance grants provide approximately $600 to $1,000 in tuition remission each semester. Awards are based upon an audition for the various performing groups.

Diamond Bands Scholarship

Qualified students enrolled in any Temple school or college may join one of the university’s four bands and be considered for scholarships. Boyer selects members of the bands and awards them in amounts that range from $500 to $2,000, based on the student’s participation and musicianship.

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 meant to attract 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. For more information, visit the Future Faculty Fellow Program webpage.

These fellowships provide a stipend plus tuition for two years. Check out this Fellowship FAQ (PDF) for more answers to common questions.

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. You do not need to have a draft prepared; sometimes talking through your ideas is a great starting point.

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.