The application deadline for Fall 2023 admission is January 6, 2023. The Graduate Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications at that time and offers of admission and assistantships will be made in January; however, applications will be accepted throughout the spring semester until we meet our admissions goal.
Five types of assistantships may be available to graduate students.
Types of Assistance:
- UGA Presidential Graduate Fellowships: This program provides exceptionally qualified graduate students enrolled at the University of Georgia with an annual twelve month stipend and a reduced matriculation fee. Applicants are nominated by departments. More information can be found here.
- Graduate School Research Assistantships (GSRAs): Each year the Graduate School selects graduate research assistants from a list of applicants nominated by departments. More information can be found here.
- Departmental Teaching Assistantships: Each year the department awards a number of graduate teaching assistantships. Most persons holding teaching assistantships assist with large lecture courses, or assist with or teach the basic public speaking course (COMM 1100), or the basic interpersonal communication course (COMM 1500).
- Debate Program Assistantship: The department sponsors an assistantship for those qualified to work with the University's debate program. Please contact Shunta Jordan, Director of Debate, for more information on the debate assistantship.
- Research Assistantships: The availability and nature of research assistantships depends upon external grants that have been produced by faculty. The graduate coordinator will inform you of any individual faculty who may have need for funded research assistants.
The Department is also accepting applications for a doctoral-level research assistantship funded by an NIH grant (Dr. Jiaying Liu, PI) utilizing health communication and neuroimaging methods to inform anti-vaping media campaign messaging strategies. The research assistantship is anticipated to be available for four years, pending funding and quality of performance. Dr. Liu will advise the doctoral student in health communication and supervise their research activities, including participant recruitment, message development and intervention, data collection and analysis, and manuscript writing. The student will be funded to support these research activities while earning a Ph.D. in Communication Studies. Training in fMRI imaging methods and other neuroscience techniques will be provided as needed. Prior experience in cognitive, affective or addiction neuroscience and functional MRI is desirable.
Students who have not received the MA degree by December of their first year in the PhD program are not guaranteed an assistantship or funding of any kind in their second year.