Scholarships and Financial Aid

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

Purpose:

  • Assist meritorious master’s or doctoral students in travel expenses to a professional conference
  • Assist meritorious master’s or doctoral students in research expenses