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Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The Gaylord College currently offers several graduate assistantships and many scholarships each academic year.

To apply for graduate assistantships and scholarships, you must complete Form A and 3 copies of Form B by the February 1 deadline, as well as have a completed application on file.


For more information about Gaylord College programs, contact 405-325-2722 (gaylordgrad@ou.edu)

Information about other sources of financial aid may also be found on the OU Financial Aid website.

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All Graduate Students

Assistantship work may include tasks such as assisting a faculty member with research, working with students in a lab section of a course, helping with grading or class preparation, or assisting in the journalism library. A full assistantship involves 20 hours of work per week during the regular academic year. It carries a waiver of nine hours per semester of the nonresident portion of tuition and seven hours of the resident portion. A stipend is provided for 20 hours of work per week. Student health insurance is also included.

Scholarships range from $500 to about $2,500. Both academic ability and financial need are considered. The following scholarships are offered:

  • Chester H. Westfall Scholarship (outstanding student in journalism)
  • Fayette Copeland Memorial Scholarship (GPA a major consideration)
  • Laura Hamilton Billingsley Memorial (full time, > 3.0 GPA, American Indian preferred)
  • Ferguson
  • John Scott Graduate Fellowship (energy communication preferred)
  • Paul Dannelley Public Relations Fellowship (Public Relations)
  • Rutland (female, Oklahoma resident)
  • Gaylord Family

Gaylord College and OU Graduate College fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Top Ph.D. applicants will be automatically considered for these fellowships.

Graduate students may also hold leadership positions and receive pay for working with student media outlets and co-curricular activities including:

  • OU Nightly newscast
  • The Oklahoma Daily
  • The Wire student radio
  • Sooner Sports Pad
  • Routes multimedia journalism project
  • Lindsey+Asp advertising and public relations agency
  • Oklahoma Watch

Doctoral Students

The Gaylord College offers special funding to five outstanding students per year. The following two packages are highly competitive with other programs around the country.

  • $18,500 stipend per year for three years. Fellows will teach and do research for 20 hours per week during each academic year.

  • Full waiver of tuition. Fees are not covered and thus will be a responsibility of a student. Currently, course fees are about $5,000-6,000 annually. However, limited scholarships are available to strong candidates to partially cover the cost of course fees.

  • Possibility to apply for a travel grant of $700-750 per year for travel to present research papers at conferences, given that separate presentations will also be made to the Gaylord College faculty and students.

  • Student health insurance (“Plan II”) with the option of buying additional insurance for the fellow or dependents.

  • Each year, a special graduate committee will select outstanding applicants to receive our highest level of support.
  • $18,500-24,000 stipend per year for three years. Fellows will teach and do research for 20 hours per week during each academic year.
  • Full waiver of tuition and partial or full waiver of course fees.
  • $1,000 per year for three years for travel to present research papers at conferences, given that travel grant applications will be completed and separate presentations will also be made to the Gaylord College faculty and students.
  • Student health insurance (“Plan II”) with the option of buying additional insurance for the fellow or dependents.

Other funding opportunities may also be available. Students may seek assistance through the University Office of Financial Aid Services for federal loans and grants. See OU Financial Aid Website.

For more information about Gaylord College programs, contact 405-325-2722 (gaylordgrad@ou.edu)