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Master’s Degree Funding, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Departmental and College Funding

Departmental Graduate Instructional Assistantships (GIA): Many of our incoming M.A. students receive partial funding (10 hour positions) through the Department of Anthropology’s GIA appointments. GIA appointments are evaluated based on a student's GPA, the number of students who have collectively been accepted, the number of positions allotted, and departmental needs. Please note: you do not need to do anything to apply for these GIA positions; you are automatically considered as part of each incoming class cohort.

Travel Funding: The Department of Anthropology, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Graduate College offer limited travel funding for M.A. students presenting the results of their research at professional conferences.

Faculty Funding: Occasionally, individual faculty members also have funds via grants, contracts, or projects to provide scholarships and other forms of funding to M.A. students. Discuss opportunities for this type of funding with your thesis mentor.


Department of Anthropology Scholarship Information

The Anthropology Graduate Student Scholarship Award. This award is based on academic excellence. These awards are usually awarded in Spring semesters. Contact Gerado Galeana (Graduate Program Assistant) for information.

The Grady Early Scholarship in Forensic Anthropology. This award in forensic anthropology is based on academic excellence. Contact Dr. Danny Wescott (Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State) for information.

The John Michael Kilby Memorial Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology was established in 2018 in support of student research. The Fellowship annually awards multiple research grants between $1000-$4000 to full-time graduate students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate in anthropology. Graduate students in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology are eligible to apply.

For sources of externally funded scholarships, grants, and awards available in your subdiscipline, please contact your thesis mentor for information.


Graduate College Scholarship Information

Visit the Graduate College for information on a number of scholarships for current and incoming master's students.


Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.