Graduate Studies international awards at University of Southern Maine

Country: USA;

Deadline: 01.07.2021



The Office of Graduate Studies awards several scholarships and tuition waiver awards each year. Both new and returning students are eligible to apply, however, there may be additional criteria for some awards. Students can submit the Graduate Studies Scholarship Application (a.k.a OGS Scholarship Application)  along with the required documents and will be considered for all OGS scholarships and tuition waivers. The awards are contingent upon annual available funding and range from a one year award to a four year award. Scholarships are awarded in variable amounts up to $3,000 per academic year. Tuition waivers are awarded in flexible credit increments up to eighteen credits per academic year.

In order to be eligible for this award students must be matriculated into a graduate program at USM, be enrolled in at least 6 graduate-level credits in each semester in which they receive the award, and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree (minimum 3.0 GPA).

Students who have not been accepted into a graduate program can still submit a scholarship application, however, awards will be contingent upon acceptance and matriculation into a graduate program at USM. Students must submit an application for admission before applying for a scholarship.

Scholarship decisions will be based on the following criteria: GPA (minimum 3.0), demonstrated financial need, and a commitment to graduate studies. Applications are reviewed twice per year.

Graduate Assistantships


To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, students must be:

  • Fully matriculated in a degree program at the graduate level. (They must have met all criteria for graduate student status, including completion of a baccalaureate degree); and must be
  • Registered for at least 6 credits of coursework in the semester(s) in which they will be working (master’s and CAS students), or registered for GRS 602 (masters) or GRS 701 (doctoral) and have a certificate of satisfactory progress from their program.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship students should

  • indicate their interest on Question 16 of their graduate school application

Department Funded GA's and Externally Funded Graduate Assistantships
In addition to the program-awarded assistantships, there are additional positions provided by administrative or academic units at USM.  If you wish to be considered for these positions, send your resume to Sydney Pontau (, Coordinator of Graduate Student Programs and Services. Information about these jobs will be forwarded to you as they become available.  Be sure to check the list of currently available graduate assistantship positions.