Graduate students who hold an appointment as a teaching, research, or project assistant at UW-Madison will be entitled to remission of tuition in any semester in which their appointment equals at least 33% of a full-time appointment for the semester. The student must pay segregated fees and any special fees adopted by the legislature. Other types of university employment do not qualify an individual for remission of tuition.
For the promotion of scholarship and research UW-Madison administers several different forms of financial aid for graduate students, including:
- Teaching assistantships
- Research or project assistantships
Most Communication Arts departmental awards are made in the form of teaching assistantships. These awards are made on the basis of grades, GRE scores, and the applicant's background and preparation. TA compensation ranges from approximately $14,000 to $17,000 per year and includes tuition remission and benefits.
The Department of Communication Arts, unless otherwise indicated, does not require a separate application for financial aid — only the complete application form for admission with supporting documents. The complete application must be received by us no later than December 15th in order to be considered for financial aid.
Fellows are selected in a campus-wide fellowship competition which is open to students in all fields at any stage of graduate study. Fellowship awards are announced by offer letters in early March. Incoming applicants will automatically be considered for University Fellowships and Chancellor's Fellowships. These fellowships may be for terms from one semester to two years, with stipends in the $18,000 range, with tuition remission and benefits.
There are special application forms and deadlines, often in the fall, for the fellowship programs (such as National Science Foundation, Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, Fulbright-Hays, Churchill) administered by different federal and non-federal agencies. For more information, check Graduate School student funding or your current undergraduate institution.
The Communication Arts Department is pleased to be able to grant yearly monetary awards to graduate students based on scholastic performance. The amount and number of awards vary from year to year depending on funds available.
- Students must be resident scholars and continuing in the program
- Students must be in good standing in the department at the time of consideration for each award
Awarded to residents of the State of Wisconsin for outstanding scholarly work.
Helen K. Herman Award
Based on academic ability, need, and extra-curricular activities.
For outstanding female graduate student(s).
For scholarship in speech and in teaching public speaking.
For the purpose of funding student research or encouraging and improving performance skills.
For excellence in broadcasting, usually given to students teaching production courses.
Departmental Teaching Award
For excellence in teaching and service to the department.
Elliott Dissertation Scholarship
For funding dissertation research. Students must be in residence at the time of the application and continue to be in residence for the duration of the award, and must have an officially accepted dissertation proposal on file. To receive consideration, applications must be received by the Graduate Committee no later than one year after a student has passed his or her preliminary examinations. This scholarship can be used for such expenses as:
- Travel to collections or archives
- Film and DVD rentals/purchase
- Costs related to social scientific research experiments