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Graduate Student Scholarships and Fellowships at AU

The department receives a limited amount of financial assistance from the university, which it apportions according to merit, generally when students enter the program. Some students receive full coverage of their tuition (tuition remission), some partial tuition, and some worthy students receive no aid. In addition, some students receive a stipend. The department also has limited teaching and research assistant positions available. Those who do not receive aid from the department’s limited funds may be able to find work elsewhere at the University or in the Washington, D.C. area. Information on university job openings can be found on the Human Resources web site. For jobs in the D.C. area, visit the AU Career Center or the Washington Post.

All students who wish to be considered for departmental fellowship, or additional financial assistance in the form of loans, must fill out the FAFSA by March 1 for the following academic year. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details (202-885-6100, located in the Hamilton building).

For most financial aid awards (as well as for deferring previous federal loans), the student must be registered as full-time status. However, during the last semester or two of study, many students only need to register for a few credits while continuing work on the thesis or finishing up the last few degree requirements. In these cases, the student is studying full-time, but only enrolled part-time. To maintain financial aid availability, fill out the Certification of Full-Time or Half-Time Status form available at the Registrar’s office or the Philosophy office.

International students are subject to federal regulations and, therefore, should contact International Student Services for information.

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships in Philosophy

Harold J. and Ruth Pearson Prize

A $1000 award is presented each spring semester to a graduating senior or seniors majoring in philosophy for their outstanding performance in philosophy. A book prize is also awarded to each of the graduating philosophy majors who have demonstrated excellent work in philosophy. Both of these awards are decided in mid-March and awarded at the end of the spring semester.


LM Harris Memorial Scholarship

The AB & LM Harris Memorial Scholarship, a $1000 scholarship applied toward tuition, is awarded to a junior or senior philosophy major each year.


Fellowships/Job Opportunities

The Outstanding Scholar Program is a special hiring authority established for entry-level positions at the GS-5 and GS-7 grade levels. This special hiring authority is used to fill approximately 100 occupational fields in the Federal Government.

Presidential Management Intern Program 


Scholarships and Grants

 Students should also consider outside funding in the form of scholarships and grants. The following is only a partial, in-progress, list to get you started:

Scholarship Search List of links provided by AU's Financial Aid Office

Grants for Individuals: Philosophy

Scholarships for Minorities Large source of links to scholarships for a number of minority groups.

WEB DuBois Scholarship Institute Scholarships for African Americans.

NAACP Scholarship Program Scholarships for African Americans

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Korean American Scholarship Foundation