Assistantships are available and are the primary way students fund their graduate education. Kinesiology’s graduate assistantships are either research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), or graduate assistantships (GAs). RAs, TAs, and GAs differ in their responsibilities:
TA. A TA provides teaching support for classes within the Department of Kinesiology and works under the supervision of one or more faculty members.
RA. An RA provides research support for a laboratory within the Department of Kinesiology and works under the supervision of one of more faculty members.
GA. A GA provides support for a service area within Iowa State University. Examples of GAs are working for the Exercise Clinic or Recreational Services.
Stipend. An assistantship provides a monthly stipend and includes a scholarship that covers ½ in-state tuition for M.S. students and full tuition for Ph.D. students. A graduate student must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to hold an assistantship and a GPA of 3.0 or higher to receive a tuition scholarship. A full assistantship is roughly equivalent to 20 hours of work per week.
We have several scholarships for incoming and current M.S. and Ph.D. students. There is no need for incoming students to apply for these scholarships as all admitted students are automatically placed in competition. Current students will be asked to submit a CV in the spring semester to apply for these scholarships.
Mark and Nancy Dyslin Masters Scholarship
Purpose: Help recruit an outstanding incoming master’s graduate student in kinesiology
Sharon Mathes Graduate Scholarship
Purpose: Help support or recruit an outstanding female master’s graduate student focusing on behavioral aspects of Kinesiology.
Barbara Forker Graduate Scholarship
Purpose: Awarded to support or recruit an outstanding doctoral student in Kinesiology.
Pease Family Doctoral Scholarship
Purpose: Awarded to recruit an outstanding doctoral student to Kinesiology
The following awards support research and/or travel expenses for graduate students. The Pease Family Doctoral Research Award requires submission of a CV, project description, research budget, and support memo from your major professor in the spring semester. College of Human Sciences Scholarships require submission of a CHS application, CV, project description and/or conference abstract, research and/or travel budget, and a support memo from your major professor in the fall semester and/or spring semester.
Pease Family Doctoral Research Award
Purpose: Awarded to support a doctoral candidate’s dissertation research
College of Human Sciences Scholarships
- Assist meritorious master’s or doctoral students in travel expenses to a professional conference
- Assist meritorious master’s or doctoral students in research expenses