Funding and Resources

University Based Funding

The Department guarantees five continuous years of funding to all admitted graduate students.

The Departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology guarantee five continuous years of funding to all admitted students. This funding covers tuition, subsidizes health insurance, and provides a stipend for living expenses. The guarantee is contingent on a student’s satisfactory progress as defined by UW-Madison and department regulations governing graduate study as well as adherence to the American Sociological Association (ASA) code of ethics and all relevant University policies and regulations.

Sociology graduate students receive support toward their studies through a variety of positions: teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships, traineeships, lectureships, and fellowships. Each position comes with a slightly different stipend, has different enrollment requirements, and requires different types of work. None of the positions is awarded because of financial need; all are awarded on the basis of academic promise and the fit between a student’s interests and qualifications and the particular position or program.

The RA and Traineeship rates change annually in July for the next fiscal year. For more specific information regarding a certain position, contact the Sociology Department payroll and benefits specialist, Steve Martin.

None of these positions are awarded on the basis of financial need; all are awarded on the basis of academic promise and the fit between your interests and qualifications and the particular position or program. Applicants also are encouraged to seek out and apply for outside additional sources of support.

Learn more about types of funding available here