The department of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies attempts, but does not guarantee, to provide four semesters of financial aid support for full-time students in the MA program. In addition, students often pursue funding outside of the department, such as research assistantships in other departments, training grants, and internal and external fellowships.
These are the primary sources of funding and financial aid for graduate students in the International Studies MA program.
Most students serve as a teaching assistant (TA) at some point during their graduate career. Frequently, TAs either help with a large lecture course, or have their own small discussion section(s) of a course. Some advanced graduate students are the instructor of record, teaching their own course independently. In addition, some teaching assistants provide support to the department in other ways like working with departmental administration on tasks to benefit the department. TA positions provide tuition waivers, stipends, and access to health insurance in exchange for 10, 15, or 20 hours per week of work. TAs are members of the GEU-UAW bargaining unit and covered by the collective bargaining agreement.
Students often work as research assistants (RAs) on specific faculty research projects. Sometimes these RAs require special skills – for instance, interviewing, data analysis, or language fluency. Generally, faculty with research grants for assistantships work with the department to identify appropriate students. Like TA positions, RA positions provide tuition waivers, stipends, and access to health insurance in exchange for 10, 15, or 20 hours per week of work, and these students are members of the GEU-UAW bargaining unit.
Graduate School Funds
The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to master’s programs at the University. This fellowship usually begin in students’ first year of graduate study, continue for two years, and Departments may couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship. Additional information regarding UConn fellowships can be found on The Graduate School’s Internal Fellowships Awards page.
Some students may also receive aid through limited funds awarded based on financial need. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.
Our current graduate students have a vast array of assistantships experiences that are personally, academically, and financially rewarding. Examples include:
Assisting faculty members with grading, attending classes, holding office hours, or leading discussion sections for classes such as LLAS 1000, LLAS 1009, or LLAS 1190.
Assisting CORE faculty members and affiliates with research projects. Duties include record keeping, maintain website materials, or analyze data.
Assisting with department events planning and overseeing social media accounts (FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram).
More information regarding graduate assistantships can be found in the The Graduate School website or by contacting El Instituto’s director or program assistant.