Financial Resources for Graduate Study at UH Mānoa Political Science

For a program of its size, Political Science at UHM is relatively under-resourced in financial matters. Graduate students who expect to be fully funded through the program of study are likely to be disappointed with the extent of financial resources. The sections that follow describe the main resources that are available within the University and the department. An important caveat to remember is that all the resources listed below are competitive and the general pattern has been one of more qualified applicants than there are awards.

Teaching Assistantships and Apprenticeships

The University and Department are Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employers. Appropriate EEO and AA criteria are utilized in all selection and hiring processes.

A. Teaching Assistants are awarded each year on a competitive basis by the Department's Grants and Awards Committee. We currently have 8 Teaching Assistantships. The current (2015-16) stipend is $ 18,930, and it provides a full tuition waiver and medical benefits at a cost. Our TAs have complete responsibility for teaching their own courses at the introductory level. The awards, made on a competitive basis, are provided for one year at a time. Applicants for Teaching Assistantships must be currently enrolled in the Department's graduate program and must hold no equivalent grants or awards from University sources or the East-West Center during the award period. Students who have held Teaching Assistantships and/or Apprenticeships for three years are ineligible for further Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistants are required to carry a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Completed applications must be submitted to the Department secretary by the announced deadline for awards that are to begin in the fall semester of the same year. Applications should include a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, a proposed syllabus, and a statement from the advisor or dissertation chair stating that the applicant is making satisfactory progress.

B. Teaching Apprenticeships are provided for students who will assist professors in the conduct of their courses. Teaching Apprenticeships are available only to newly matriculating graduate students. No more than two apprenticeships are available each year. All entering students are eligible for this award, which will be made by the Admissions Committee. Teaching Apprentices must hold no equivalent grants or awards from University sources or the East West Center during the award period. The Teaching Apprenticeship pays the same amount as the Teaching Assistantships and has the same tuition waiver and medical benefits. Teaching Apprentices may subsequently apply for Teaching Assistantships. Each apprentice is assigned to a faculty member to assist with a particular course. Typically, apprentices evaluate student work, run small discussion groups, give a few lectures, and help to plan reading lists. In addition, the apprentice meets regularly with the faculty member to discuss teaching issues and problems. Teaching Apprentices are required to carry a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.

C. East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships. The East-West Center on campus has a graduate fellowship program which has funded a number of our graduate students over the years. Both M.A. and Ph.D. students are eligible for East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships. For M.A. students, the term of the grant ranges from 12 to 24 months. Ph.D. students may receive the grant from 12 up to (but rarely) 48 months. Applications are available in August from the Selection Office at the East-West Center. For more information please visit their website: Besides the Teaching Assistant/Apprenticeships, an East West Center fellowship remains one of the main sources of funding for our graduate students.

D. Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) Assistantships. RCUH provides six assistantships annually to graduate students from all fields of study. These highly competitive awards provide support for intensive participation in research. More information is available through the Graduate Division.

Lecturer Opportunities

Students who have been in the program for more than a year and/or those with prior experience in teaching college-level courses can apply for lecturer-ships in the department, the University and outside it. These typically pay about $4000 per course, and are contingent on drawing sufficient enrolment. Such openings often emerge to fill sabbatical vacancies; faculty on leave; and other reasons. There are lecturer-ship opportunities also at a UH System Community College, at campuses and at other institutions such as nearby Chaminade University. Summer Session lecturer positions at UHM are open to advanced graduate students. Announcement of openings occurs in the fall. Besides these, there areOutreach College courses. Each semester and during the summer, the Outreach Collegeoffers Political Science courses, both on and off campus. Most of the courses are held atnight, and most are taught at military bases. The Department's Hiring Committee selects instructors for all lecturer opportunities. To apply, graduate students must submit aproposed course description and a statement of visible progress toward the Ph.D. degree to the Committee. Requests for applications are usually made several times each year via Department memoranda.