Students admitted to the PhD in Theatre & Performance Research are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships and university fellowships. Doctoral students receive five years of funding. We encourage all U.S. students, including MA students, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), regardless of income. The FSU Office of Financial Aid offers additional resources and recommended timelines.
Assistantships are competitive and the number and type of funded positions vary from one year to the next. Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, and Research Assistantships provide students with a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance subsidy—valued at over $165,000 for out-of-state PhD students.
Teaching Assistantships provide first-hand experience in teaching—face-to-face and virtually—and place students in mentored teaching assistant positions or as instructors of record. Graduate and Research Assistantships offer opportunities to aid faculty research, gain library experience in the Degen Resource Room, assist with departmental administration, support professional service work, plan special events, or explore other tasks as needed by the faculty and department.
The prestigious Jay & Dr. Sue Newman Award in Theatre Studies supports student research, excellence, or conference participation with annual awards of $500-$3000.
The School of Theatre recognizes the importance of networking, conference attendance, and research travel for graduate students. Thus, School of Theatre graduate students may apply for dedicated departmental research and travel funding annually.
The FSU Graduate School has a comprehensive list of fellowships, funding opportunities, and financial resources.
NOTE: Fellowships have early deadlines–usually at the beginning of January–and they often require the GRE and TOEFL exams, additional materials, and/or departmental nominations. Check deadlines and eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, contact Dr. Beth Osborne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, available to immigrants and children of immigrants, provides up to $90,000 in financial support over two years.
The Academic Common Market: Students who are residents of one of the 16 SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) can enroll in FSU and pay in-state tuition if the graduate degree they want to study for is not offered by their in-state institutions.
The American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship focuses on women in the final stages of completing their dissertations. It includes a stipend of $6,000-$30,000.
The Center for Global Engagement tracks opportunities of particular interest to international students. The International Linkage Institute Program allows students from eligible countries to apply for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition, a value of approximately $10,000 annually. The Latin America-Caribbean Scholarship allows eligible students to qualify for in-state tuition, and provides a $500 scholarship each semester.