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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2016–2018 Graduate Programs in Dance Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships  

Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships

All graduate students are eligible to receive some financial aid. The level of support is dependent upon the specific graduate program and degree status. There are three forms of financial assistance available to graduate students: merit-based, non-need based, and need-based aid.

Merit-based assistance includes scholarships, teaching appointments, and fellowships. Students are automatically considered for university-based fellowships and scholarships. The availability of merit-based assistance varies significantly by field of study. These awards are administered by department representatives. 


Because matriculated M.F.A. graduate students are already professionals in the field and have teaching experience, the Department of Dance is committed to integrating all new M.F.A. graduate students onto our roster of adjunct faculty. All M.F.A. graduate students will be considered for a variety of adjunct teaching appointments, based on submitted application materials, including a list of skill sets and teaching experience.


Exceptional, incoming, full-time students with a background of substantial educational or cultural disadvantage can be considered for this award, which provides a $15,000 stipend plus tuition remission for as many as two years. All graduate applicants are automatically considered for this fellowship when applying to their graduate program of interest. There is no separate application. A universitywide committee selects the Bunche fellows.

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University offers interdisciplinary fellowships that provide select Rutgers graduate students the opportunity to further their understanding of government, public affairs, and the practice of politics, and connect the fellowship experience to their chosen fields of study. Eagleton fellowships provide varying stipends; some offer tuition remission. Graduate students MUST apply to this fellowship. The application is available on the Eagleton website in late January with applications due the Friday after spring break each year.


All applicants to Mason Gross and current students are always encouraged to explore outside sources of aid to help pay for their education. Helpful search engines we recommend include:

A clearinghouse in finding scholarships to help pay for school:

A database that allows graduate students to discover fellowships and grants that are right for them and their plans by providing resources designed to help students educate themselves about their options for applying for external funding, and to help them develop their grantsmanship and scholarly communication skills. Online tutorials guide students through the development of an application from start to finish. The knowledgebase contains deep intelligence about awards, funders, and best practices in grantsmanship:


Students may also consider applying to Stafford and PLUS loans by researching the SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid website. Applicants for these loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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