Graduate Assistantships and/or University Graduate Scholarships are awarded to any students, domestic and international, on the basis of academic merit. The University Graduate Scholarship (UGS) is a University of Cincinnati funded tuition scholarship which covers all or a portion of tuition for full-time students, but does not cover general fees or any other university fees. The Graduate Assistantship (GA) is an award for full-time graduate students whose responsibilities can include teaching, research, and/or administrative duties. Graduate Assistant appointments generally run for an academic year in which the student works a total of 20 hours a week for which he/she earns a stipend. A full UGS is also awarded to students with Graduate Assistantships. Each year, the School of Planning awards ten Graduate Assitantships and more than $450,000 of University Graduate Scholarships.
In addition to UGS and GA awards, the Albert C. Yates Fellowship is awarded by the University of Cincinnati to qualified students upon the recommendation of the School of Planning. This Fellowship is restricted to entry year students who are members of groups which are underrepresented in specific university programs and who are citizens of the United States. A UGS covering tuition and general fees is usually included with the award.
International students can learn about additional scholarships available to them at the accessible University of Cincinnati International Services website.
Additional Financial Assistance
The School of Planning offers graduate assistantships, full and partial tuition scholarships, and numerous other award opportunities. Upon the recommendation of the School of Planning and depending on the year, the School makes available the following special award opportunities:
- Community Design Center assistantship(s) in urban design (usually one or two);
- Community Technology assistantship to a student with experience in community-based approaches to information technology;
- GIS research assistantships to student with experience in geographic information systems (usually four);
- Ladislas and Vilma Segoe assistantship(s) to a student who demonstrates potential as an outstanding practitioner;
- Dr. Sugiyanto Soegijoko assistantship to a student from Indonesia, and
- Tilda fellowship to a student writing a thesis in environmental planning and education in center cities.
In addition, School of Planning students are nominated each year by the School Director for six to ten competitive Graduate Assistantships in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and elsewhere on campus.
Finally, up to thirty other students are placed in planning or planning related jobs on or off campus that pay a stipend starting at $9,400 dollars per academic year.