Assistantships, Fellowships & Financial Aid 

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships provide full- or half-tuition remission along with accompanying stipends. Assistantships include

  • acting for full-tuition remission as well as a stipend for classroom, lab or studio teaching,  including grading papers for literature and survey classes;
  • design for full-tuition remission as well as a stipend for classroom, lab or studio teaching 20 hours per week in the shop related to the student’s chosen discipline;
  • directing for full- or half-tuition remission and a stipend for up to three years, based on the number of assistantships allocated to the program; and  
  • playwriting for tuition remission and a stipend for exceptional candidates when assistantships are available.

Learn more about teaching assistantships for graduate students.

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.