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Assistantships and Fellowships

For the 2018-19 academic year, the Economics Department will award six (6) Graduate Assistantships / Fellowships to Master’s students! Below you can find a description of these opportunities.

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.

Graduate Assistantship for Underrepresented Minority Student Groups (2018-19 academic year only)

The Economics Department is offering one (1) graduate (teaching/research) assistantship which provides funding for a traditionally underrepresented graduate student who will begin their studies in the 2018-19 academic year. This 9-month GA position provides a $15,000 stipend, resident tuition and fees, student employee benefits, and GA insurance. If the assistantship is awarded to a non-resident student, non-resident tuition will be waived by the university. The assistantship will not be awarded to a current graduate student. Underrepresented minority students in graduate education are domestic students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander. Refugees can apply since they are considered domestic students. For this GAship, gender is not considered as defining a traditionally underrepresented population.

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