Last updated March 19, 2021
As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded master’s programs in anthropology. A master’s degree in anthropology can lead to a variety of careers, including working in academia, museum work, resource management, and forensics, among others.
Fully-funded M.A. programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, M.A. candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded master’s programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential M.A. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
You can also find several external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, as well as dissertation research, field work, language study and summer work experience.
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Illinois State University (Normal, IL): Graduate Assistantships include a tuition waiver and monthly stipend or hourly wage. Roughly 45% of our students are offered assistantships. Tuition waivers provide up to 100 percent scholarship on all tuition. Scholarships and fellowships are awarded competitively by the Graduate School.
Texas State University (San Marcos, TX): Many of the incoming M.A. students receive partial funding (10 hour positions) through the Department of Anthropology’s GIA appointments. The department offers limited travel funding for M.A. students presenting the results of their research at professional conferences. Based on academic excellence, the department offers some scholarships.
Western University (London, Ontario, Canada): Domestic MA students receive funding for 2 years (6 terms) of their program, through a combination of WGRS and GTA/GSA, and are also eligible for external awards. In 2020-21, our full-time domestic MA students received a funding package of at least $19,466. Also, a small number of funded international students are accepted into the MA programs.
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL): They fund a high proportion of their first- and second-year MA students on graduate teaching assistantships. There also are university fellowships available to MA students.
University of Calgary (Calgary, Alberta, Canada): Most thesis-based graduate programs provide funding for students in the first two years of a Master’s degree. Each year, most faculties have several graduate teaching and research assistantships available for students.
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