The Department has a number of resources that are used to support graduate students. Some students receive graduate assistantships; others receive university fellowships. Fellowships generally provide twelve months of support for at least one year. Departmental assistantships entail working 20 hours per week assisting faculty with research and teaching. As they progress through the program, some students also obtain support from the Mershon Center, the Political Research Laboratory, and Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships. Most advanced students have an opportunity to teach their own courses.
Your funding package would generally include a waiver of tuition and a stipend for living expenses, which increases at each stage in the program. For students making normal progress, departmental funding typically continues for five years. Support may be extended beyond five years through awards and fellowships granted outside the university. It is expected that most students will finish Ph.D. requirements within about five years, though students doing fieldwork may require additional study and may petition the department to gain eligibility for more than five years of funding. All financial aid is distributed for autumn semester admission. To be considered for university fellowships and departmental assistantships, all application materials must be received by December 13.
"The Ohio State University provided me with not only a great financial package, one in which I did not have to worry about being able to write and finish my dissertation, but also with being part of an institution with an abundance of resources, both personal and professional. I cannot stress how privileged I feel to be part of an institution that has so many resources from which to choose, making graduate school a lot more worry-free." Yalidy Matos, PhD Candidate
"Columbus is a great college town with affordable cost of living, great college sports, and a great bar/ restaurant scene. It's one of the few college towns I've visited where one can live comfortably on a grad student stipend." Austin Knuppe, PhD Student