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Paid Assistantships

In addition to traditional financial aid, James Madison University's M.A. program in political science is pleased to offer four graduate assistantships worth $10,000 apiece. That sum covers nearly a third of the program's tuition and fees!

Assistantships cover the span of the academic year; they are renewable each semester based on performance. They provide an opportunity to gain professional experience while completing the degree. By the end of the academic year, assistants can confidently include a host of skills on their resumes. They can show, for example, that they have international professional experience in the areas of communication, research, logistics, event planning, and more, depending on their specific roles.

The following four assistantships are available for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Social Media and Administrative Assistant

This assistant works with program staff, primarily on publicity (including social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), dissemination of program information, and institutional relations with stakeholders. The assistant is a skilled communicator with excellent writing capabilities and ideally experience in social media and/or print communications. Applicants to this position should submit a statement explaining why they are interested in the position and describing past work experiences that relate to the type of work required for the role.

Student Life and Newsletter Assistant

This assistant works on the organization of social and academic events, helps to maintain relationships with program partners, alumni, faculty, and undergraduates, and is in charge of producing the EUPS newsletter. The SLA has strong verbal communication and organizational skills and is an experienced organizational leader. Applicants for this position should submit a statement explaining why they are interested in the position and describing past work experiences that relate to the type of work required for the SLNA role.

Research Assistant

The two research assistants collaborate with program faculty and staff on research and/or creative projects and take on specific projects as assigned. Research assistants have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills. Applicants to these positions should submit a statement explaining why they are interested in position and describing past research work. They are also encouraged to submit a sample of a research paper that showcases their research skills.


Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one assistantship, but no student may hold more than one assistantship. Interested students are required to submit a statement of interest for the positions in which they are applying. Students should submit this documentation at the same time as their application for the EUPS program. The admissions committee reviews assistantship and application material around the same time. Those students chosen as program assistants will be notified shortly after they are informed of their program acceptance.

For further details about the assistantship application please go to the general application page.