Assistantships and Scholarships
Many opportunities exist for students to obtain financial assistance for graduate school. Fellowships, assistantships and other forms of financial support are available through the Graduate School, the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as throughout campus.
The Graduate School awards fellowships to students who have demonstrated superior abilities in either their undergraduate or graduate work. Because of the limited number of awards and the large number of applicants seeking support, there is stiff competition for fellowships and high GPA and GRE records are essential to be considered. Fellowships are competitively awarded by the university from a pool of candidates nominated by departments across campus.
Graduate School Master's Fellowships
Recommendations for Graduate School Fellowships are made by the GAC on a competitive basis. The applicant must have been admitted or be admissible to our graduate program at the time of recommendation, have a 3.4 grade point average or above, and must show strong evidence of commitment to a career in the field of study. There is no service requirement and Fellows will be given a 15-hour tuition scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters, and an 8-hour tuition scholarship for Summer semester.
Further details regarding Graduate School Fellowships may be found under "Financial Assistance" in the Graduate School Catalog.
Graduate School Dean's Fellowships
Recommendations for a Graduate School Dean's Fellowship are made by the GAC on a competitive basis. The student must show unusual promise for success in the field of Administration of Justice, and be admitted or be admissible to our graduate program at the time of recommendation. A student who has overcome social, cultural or economic disadvantages in attaining their educational objectives will be considered for this award. There is no service requirement and Fellows will be given a 15-hour tuition scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters, and an 8-hour tuition scholarship for the Summer semester.
Further details regarding Graduate School Dean's Fellowships may be found under "Financial Assistance" in the Graduate School Catalog.
The Celia M. Howard Fellowship
This fellowship is offered by the Illinois State Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs to a woman pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Administration of Justice at SIU Carbondale. Graduate fellowships are awarded annually to Illinois women who are U.S. citizens, are domiciled in the State of Illinois, have lived there for not less than two years, have received an A.B., B.A., B.S., or equivalent baccalaureate degree, have an overall "B" average and a minimum of twelve hours of undergraduate credits in economics, history, and/or political science.
In the selection process, consideration is given to the following: need, previous graduate study; practical experience in business or government; and leadership experience.
Applications, credentials, and supporting data must be on file with the Chairman of the Committee on or before November 1. Personal interviews with members of the Committee will be scheduled. Awards are announced by April 1. The amount allowed is paid directly to the school.
Contact graduate secretary Tammy Sanders-Kerley for the name and address of the current Celia M. Howard Fellowship Chair. The graduate secretary will help you with the application materials.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available each year to students who have been unconditionally accepted into the Criminology and Criminal Justice program. These assistantships provide a waiver of tuition and a stipend in return for 25% or 50% work assignments (based on a 40-hour work week). Graduate Assistants holding a 25% contract will be given a 9-hour tuition scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters, and an 8-hour tuition scholarship for the Summer semester. Graduate Assistants holding a 50% contract will be given a 15-hour tuition scholarship for Fall and Spring semesters, and an 8-hour tuition scholarship for the Summer semester. Assignments shall be relevant to the student's academic interests whenever possible. Application is included as part of the Administration of Justice application. The student must be enrolled in at least 8 hours of graduate coursework each semester an assistantship is held. An assistantship during the Summer requires a student to be enrolled in at least 3 hours of graduate credit coursework.
A graduate student who has held at least a 25% assistantship for each of two consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring) will be eligible for a waiver of tuition (8 hours maximum) for the Summer session immediately following the two semesters of service.
Persons admitted to candidacy for the M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice and awarded an assistantship will normally (depending upon the availability of funds) be assured of a minimum of two semesters of support contingent upon the maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average, being registered for nine semester hours or more, and a satisfactory work performance. The support is assured at the level of the first semester award contingent upon availability of funds.