The Department of Economics offers a limited number of graduate assistantships. Assistantships are awarded in April for the subsequent academic year that begins in August. The Department of Economics must receive applications for Assistantships by February 1. Assistantships offer tuition remission for fall and spring semesters (and often a summer semester) plus $1,000 for the nine-month school year. Student fees are not waived under the graduate assistantship contract. For up to date information on current graduate tuition and student fee costs, click here.
Graduate assistants in the Department of Economics are responsible for research and teaching assistance. Research assistance is requested by faculty engaged in research projects, and can require that students be involved in literature reviews, data collection and analysis, and preliminary results write-ups. Significant research assistantship can lead to co-authorship of research papers. Research collaboration begun through these research assistantship responsibilities has resulted in panel and conference presentations and continued scholarly collaboration. Teaching assistance involves tutoring of undergraduate students taking the first year of economics at the University. The graduate assistants must (1) have formal training in macroeconomics and microeconomics and must (2) speak English fluently. In the selection process of graduate assistants, therefore, the Graduate Committee considers not only the professional potential of applicants documented by transcripts, experience, letters of recommendation, etc., but also evidence that applicants will be able to perform well as tutors.
Additional scholarship opportunities exist on campus, such as graduate assistantships in non-MA granting departments on campus and the international student scholarship. Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information regarding these opportunities.
Prospective students may also apply for financial assistance through the university's Financial Aid Office or through the International Programs Office.
Assistantship applications are available from the graduate school website by clicking here.
Department of Economics
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920-3099