Funding Opportunities Available Now to Mason Graduate Students

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The Graduate Division has a pool of funds available to help Mason graduate students earn their degrees and conduct research. Read below for information about currently available funding opportunities. 

Dissertation Completion Grants

(Closing November 1, 2023)

These competitive awards go to doctoral students in the final semester of completing their dissertations. They enable students to focus full-time on research and writing, improve the quality of their work, and shorten the time needed to complete their degrees.  

  • For the TOC template, please click here.  
  • To download an information sheet about this award, please click here
  • Email the Graduate Division for more information about Dissertation Completion Grants. 
  • Click here to APPLY! 

High Impact Grants

(Closing November 8, 2023)

These competitive grants are a new funding opportunity for master’s and doctoral students. They provide tuition support for graduate students’ courses that significantly enhance training and education and/or satisfy credit-bearing requirements towards completion of the graduate degree.  

  • To download an information sheet about this award, please click here
  • Email the Graduate Division for more information about High Impact Grants.  
  • To review a list of courses that are eligible to apply for this award, please click here
  • Click here to APPLY!  

Graduate Student Travel Fund

(Open Year Round) 

This fund helps cover the costs of doctoral and master’s students attendance at and participation in professional conferences. Proof of payment and attendance is required. Details are available at this link

More Funding Opportunities From The Graduate Division

Interested in learning about all the funding opportunities from the Graduate Division for the 2023-2024 academic year? Click on the image below!

Graduate Division AY 2023-2024 Award Schedule

Graduate Professional Assistantship Opportunity

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Graduate Student Life is hiring a Graduate Professional Assistant (GPA) for Graduate Diversity Engagement and Leadership. Learn more and apply for this position below!

About the Position

The Graduate Professional Assistant (GPA) for Graduate Diversity Engagement and Leadership within Graduate Student Life provides leadership and program support for a co-curricular learning series and other special events addressing cross-cultural learning and leadership, via in-person programming and virtual initiatives. The GPA will assist the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life with curriculum development, facilitator engagement and training, event planning, and administrative management.  The position will report to the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life.

The official term of the assistantship will begin once a candidate is successfully hired through May 24, 2024.

Learn More

Please check out the job posting for qualifications, responsibilities, and time requirements.

Please direct all queries to Austin A. Deray, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life, at


For best consideration, apply by Friday, October 27.


Graduate Teaching Professional Development

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Are you a graduate student in a teaching role? This semester, there are two professional development opportunities to enhance your skills as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Lecturer (GL), or postdoc scholar. Read below to find out more about the Graduate Teaching Academy starting on Friday, 9/8, and the Graduate Teaching Training in MasonLeaps! 

Graduate Teaching Academy 

The Graduate Teaching Academy encourages participants to connect their scholarly activities with career and professional training centered on skill development. With face-to-face meetings and online modules, students will have opportunities to work with peers from different disciplines, building a community of support and development as they gain practical skills. Participants will work to create challenging and stimulating learning environments, while attending growth-based trainings providing personal enhancement.  

Through a series of monthly face-to-face meetings, students will learn about communication styles in the classroom, assignment design, consideration for classroom activities in online classroom environments and climate, and have access to online modules on grading, assessments, and providing student feedback, and much more. Sessions start on Friday, 9/8, so register now!  

For more information about the Graduate Teaching Academy, contact

Graduate Teaching Training 

The new Graduate Teaching Training has launched in MasonLeaps! This online training module serves to introduce appropriate and relevant instructional support and resources, including pragmatic considerations and tools for graduate teaching assistants, graduate lecturers, and postdocs across Mason’s campuses.  

Success as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Lecturer (GL), or postdoc scholar depends on creating a welcoming, well-resourced learning environment. The Graduate Teaching Training, fitting within a bigger picture of graduate preparation at Mason, serves to elevate the overall student experience in the classroom. Register in MasonLeaps!  

Contact with questions. 


Presidential Management Fellowship Info Session

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Apply for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Information Session Monday, September 11, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Virtual on Zoom

Applications open Sept. 12-25

The Presidential Management Fellowship program is the premier program for leadership development in the Federal civil service. This two-year fellowship was established to attract to federal services outstanding individuals who have a clear interest in, and commitment to excellence in, the leadership and management of public policies and programs. If you are planning to apply or simply want to learn more about the program, please mark your calendars for the upcoming information session. Schar School alumni selected as Presidential Management Fellows will also be on hand to discuss their experiences with the program. 

This Event is Only Available to Current Graduate Students and Alumni of Graduate Programs. 

Date:  Monday, September 11, 2023 

Time:  6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Location:  Virtual Event (on Zoom) 

Register:  Handshake ( 


Gradstravaganza 2023

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Gradstravaganza 2023 Save The Date

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Gradstravaganza is a two-day event: first, a fully virtual line-up of sessions on Friday, August 18, 9am-4pm to help kickstart your graduate student experience, followed by an in-person picnic to celebrate the end of the first week of classes on Saturday, August 26 on Wilkins Plaza!  

Friday’s Success sessions will feature workshops highlighting strategies for success, presentations to help prepare Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), and a student panel sharing their tips for optimizing your graduate school experience. 

Saturday’s Picnic will feature FREE food, t-shirts, games, crafts, giveaways, and plenty of activities to enjoy! You will also have opportunities to connect with academic units, campus resources, and graduate student organizations. Families are welcome! 

Registration instructions are available on this page. Contact Graduate Student Life with questions at   

This event is brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Graduate Division, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Mason Recreation, and University Life