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Master of fine arts (M.F.A.) students in the Department of Transmedia receive significant awards.

Merit-Based Awards

Merit-based financial awards are determined by department and include tuition scholarships, fellowships, and various forms of assistantships and employment opportunities. There is no separate application for merit-based awards; however, applicants are asked on the online application to briefly describe their qualifications for some of these awards. Interviews may be required for students under consideration for merit-based financial support. Your complete application package is carefully evaluated during the award process. If you are applying for a graduate award, we urge you to submit your complete admission application as early as possible. International students are eligible for many of our merit-based awards.

Tuition Scholarship

Applicants to our M.F.A. programs often receive substantial tuition scholarships. These awards support graduate education for students with superior qualifications. Tuition scholarships are awarded at varying levels.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are instrumental in providing teaching, administrative, and research support for the University. Teaching assistantships provide students with excellent opportunities to teach and work closely with faculty to prepare for the professoriate. Our nationally recognized TA Program helps graduate students prepare to be successful as students, scholars, teachers, advisors, and role models in their teaching assistant positions. The orientation and ongoing professional development activities sponsored by the Graduate School enable teaching assistants and teaching associates to enhance their teaching skills and provide opportunities for rich, multidisciplinary conversations about teaching and graduate study.

Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship

This award supports graduate education for those with truly outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions in their future professional or scholarly endeavors. The college nominates two students each year for the University fellowship, which consists of a stipend and full tuition scholarship. The deadline for this fellowship is the same as the regular deadline.

McNair Fellowship

Syracuse University annually funds up to six McNair Fellowships, with preference given to those applying for doctoral programs. This fellowship is awarded as part of the University’s federally funded, institution-wide Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The program's goal is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority college students who pursue and complete a graduate degree. The Fellowships consist of a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year). To be eligible for consideration, you must be either from an underrepresented group (African American, Hispanic or Native American) or have been a McNair Scholar at your undergraduate institution. You must have already been admitted into a Syracuse University graduate program and formally nominated by their department to be considered for the award. Please indicate your interest in being considered for these fellowships by checking the appropriate box on the application form. The deadline for this fellowship is January 1 for all programs.

African American Fellowship

African American Studies Fellowships are intended for any U.S. citizen or permanent resident students whose graduate study requires the integration of African American/Pan African studies, and who will make an intellectual contribution to the life of the Department of African American Studies. These Fellowships include a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year). African American Fellows are required to enroll in at least one three-credit graduate course each semester in the African American studies program for the duration of their award. These Fellowships are awarded for one academic year and are typically not re-awarded for consecutive academic years. If you are interested in applying for these awards, you must be nominated by your academic department, and you will need to complete a statement indicating your interest. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. To start this process, please express your interest on the online application and apply by January 1 for full consideration. This is a University-wide fellowship, and the awards are determined by committee. For more information, please contact us.

Special Awards within SU:VPA

There are a number of special scholarships and awards within the college that may be awarded to new and returning students with outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions in their future professional or scholarly endeavors.

Need-Based Aid

Inquiries about need-based aid should be directed to the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

External Funding

Prospective students may also conduct a search for private/government support. The Graduate School's website also provides information on other funding opportunities.

Cost of Attendance

Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid’s website for the cost of attendance. Fee information can also be viewed on the Comptroller's Office's website.