Funding Resources

Of Interest to Graduate Students

The PSU Sociology department admits approximately 15 graduate students each fall. Some of these 15 students receive departmental funding in exchange for working as a teaching assistant or research assistant. Department remits full-time tuition of 9-credits per academic term (not including summer).  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide departmental funding to all students, thus we hope that this document has helpful information regarding other funding opportunities at PSU for which you are strongly encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Please contact each funding source for more information and applications. The sociology department does not have any additional information about them.

Office of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Awards (multiple)
If you questions concerning scholarships, fellowships, or awards, please contact Karen Popp, Student Services Coordinator/Scholarship Administrator in the Office of Graduate Studies at:, 503-725-8402.

University Studies, Graduate Mentor
Tuition remission and monthly stipend. (Note: applications are due in January so this is something that you would have a better chance of being considered for once you had started the program)

Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Graduate Research Assistants. (Note: key will be emphasizing strong methodological/quantitative skills)

Office of Graduate Studies
(Information of campus-wide graduate assistantship possibilities)

Office of Information Technology
PSU-OIT offers many opportunities for technology professionals at all levels - whether you are a well respected technology leader or a student with IT aspirations, we have opportunities for you.


For staff positions visit


For student position please visit positions include training opportunities and tuition remission for you or a family member.

Student Housing - Learning Community Assistants and Resident Assistant

Please email with any questions. 

Learning Center Academic Tutor
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, you may stop by the Millar Library Room 245 to pick up an application or click here for a PDF of the application. Several criteria exists to qualify for a tutoring position, including the recommendation of a faculty member form the discipline you wish to tutor. Please read the entire application carefully. Preference will be given to students whom are recommended by PSU faculty in their department and/or have previous tutoring or teaching experience. You must be a currently enrolled PSU student with a minimum of 6 undergraduate or 5 graduate credit hours to be employed at the Learning Center.

Note: You will need to be admitted to PSU and our Grad program to be eligible for these positions. You will need a letter of recommendation from a PSU Sociology faculty member, so if you want to apply for one of these positions please informthe Graduate Director. 

The Laurels Graduate Award

You are eligible to apply for a PSU Laurels Graduate Award if you are admitted to (or have applied for admission to) a graduate degree program starting in Fall 2015 with university regular status (i.e., with no university conditions at admission).

Deadline: February 1

Ronald McNair Scholars Program
Note: This is a limited opportunity, though worth pursuing for students who participated in the McNair program at any college or university as undergaduates. You should contact the associated director describing your experiences working with this group of students; expressing interest in applying for a graduate assistantship with the program. Hiring decisions are not typically made until summer.  

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) & Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Full-time graduate students who are residents of participating states, admitted to participating graduate degree programs, and in good academic standing are eligible for WICHE/WRGP-related in-state tuition. Students must apply for this benefit and be approved by the PSU Office of Graduate Studies in advance of the benefit terms. Participating states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, SD, UT, WA, WY.