Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Application for assistantships should be made directly to the department. Indicate your interest in a graduate assistant by simply checking the appropriate box on the graduate application form provided by the Graduate School.

Other types of financial assistance (e.g. work study and student loans) are available through the
Office of Financial Aid. Students currently employed are urged to consult with their employers to determine what kind of financial support is available from that source.

Our MA students often find fully funded graduate assistantships in other offices on the UMBC campus. These include
the Office of Student Life, the Mosaic Center, the English Language Institute, and more. Please contact those offices directly to see if they have positions available.

Exciting Fellowship Opportunity!

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

$90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree...

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program welcomes applications from young people interested in careers in international service. For those who want to become Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State, the Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, and arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies. Fellows can use the fellowship to attend two-year master's programs in U.S. institutions to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration.

Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2014, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and must be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials can be found at The application deadline is January 17, 2014. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.

For more information, email or call 202-806-4367 or 877- 633-0002 or email Patricia Scroggs at or James McDowell at or call 202-806-4367.

The Donald O. Warthen, Jr. Fund and Best Paper Award

Donald Warthen was a vibrant student in the INCC program and taught courses in MLLI for several years before he passed away suddenly in 1992. The MLLI department launched a University of Maryland Foundation account in his honor to keep his memory and curiosity for learning alive.

The fund currently pays out a modest monetary award to one graduate student per academic year: MLLI professors select the best research paper from each of their core courses in the INCC program (MLL 601, 602, 603, and 602) and submit them to two other MLLI professors for evaluation and suitability for the Best Paper Award. Deadline for paper submission is Dec. 31st for papers written during the previous two semesters. The Best Paper Award is announced on Feb. 1st of the next calendar year. For information on how to apply, or to make a donation to the fund, please contact the Interim Program Director, Dr. Ana Oskoz (