Fellowships and Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships

GSU has an amazing GRA (graduate research assistant) program that comes with full tuition remission, plus a monthly stipend. Each year, we can fully fund anywhere from 7-10 students. This is almost unheard of at the graduate level.

Assistantships provide stipends and tuition waivers to students in exchange for working up to 14-16 hours per week. Students with graduate assistantships also participate in the student health insurance program, for which the university and the college provide premium cost offsets each term. Prospective and current students interested in pursuing graduate assistant positions should contact their program director.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) with annual stipends are available for award to M.A. students. GRAs normally involve working with a faculty member as his or her research assistant or with a local preservation or public history-based organization for 14-16 hours a week during the academic year in return for a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. A GRA can also act as an internship, which is a requirement of the MHP program.

If you are interested in obtaining a GRA in the Heritage Preservation program, select the option on the main online application.

Applications for a Graduate Research Assistantship should be submitted by February 15th.
Decisions are generally made in mid-June.

Places Where Students Have Interned:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division
Atlanta History Center
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Oakland Cemetery
Easements Atlanta
Atlanta Urban Development Commission
National Archives Southeastern Branch
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
National Park Service
Georgia Power Archives
Center for Puppetry Arts
DeKalb History Center
Smith Gilbert Gardens
Coca-Cola Archives
Southern Music Foundation
Lord Aeck Sargent
Fox Theatre Institute



Graduate fellowships are offered through several of the university’s interdisciplinary area of focus programs, include the following initiatives based in Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit the program website or contact the program director(s).

Jenny Thurston Fellowship and Award in Heritage Preservation: Annual award and internship, with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, for an outstanding historic preservationist in Atlanta.

Margaret Ewing Endowment in Family Oral Histories: This fund provides a fellowship to a graduate student who is interested in pursuing research on family histories, preferably oral histories. This fund was created by William Pate (M.A., Communication, 1985) in memory of his cousin, Margaret Ewing, who had a specific interest in family history and studied the history of the Pate family.