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Assistantships and Fellowships

Each academic year, the Economics Department awards five (5) Graduate Assistantships / Fellowships to Economics Master’s students! Below you can find a description of these opportunities.

Economics Graduate Assistantships

The Economics Department offers three (3) graduate (research/teaching) assistantships to outstanding applicants. Each graduate assistant (GA) will receive a full tuition and fee waiver in Fall and Spring semesters (valued at approximately $4,000 per semester, full time), a stipend of approximately $9,500 for work in the Fall and Spring semesters, and student health insurance (valued at about $4,000 per semester, full time). The Department provides each GA with a shared office space and a desktop computer. All fully submitted applications by the deadline will be automatically considered for graduate assistantships. Continuing students should inform the graduate coordinator in writing if they wish to be considered for funding.

Graduate assistantships involve working with a professor for up to 20 hours a week during the two 16 week semesters. Two types of tasks will be assigned to the GAs:

  • Teaching assistantship (TA) work: involves tasks related to the teaching undergraduate or graduate classes; work is assigned by a department professor. These courses are selected based on their enrollments and may include lower and/or upper division courses.
  • Research assistantship (RA) work: involves tasks related to research projects undertaken by the assigned professor.

Economics Graduate Fellowships

The Department of Economics greatly appreciates the contributions of the Ethel C. Chapman Trust and others to the John J. and Ethel C. Chapman Fellowship.

Two (2) $10,000 John J. and Ethel C. Chapman Graduate Economics Fellowships will be awarded annually. These fellowships do not come attached to any work commitment. A Chapman Fellow must:

  • have a GPA of 3.5
  • be a full-time graduate student (enrolled in 9 graduate credits per semester unless otherwise determined under Boise State University policy)

Chapman Fellowships may be renewed if recommended by the Department of Economics. Students have to apply for the Fellowships through the Boise State Scholarship Application system. Note that you have to create a Boise State account for the scholarship application. You do not automatically apply for a Chapman Fellowship by applying to the Economics graduate programs.

Other Opportunities

Out-of-state applicants interested in a Chapman Fellowship should also apply for the GEM scholarship, a merit-based scholarship program that covers tuition.


Deadlines vary but the majority of the scholarships have a deadline of February 15th.