Financial Assistance

Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Communication admits an average of four applicants each year for entry in the fall term, out of up to 110 applications.

For those admitted, the department normally provides teaching assistantships or non-teaching fellowships that include a full-tuition scholarship, medical insurance, free public transportation, and a stipend for teaching services or full-time research. Fully funded doctoral first-year students (including students without an M.A. in hand) who will have completed their first year of full-time doctoral study in residence by the start of the fellowship and who will have passed their departmental PED by the end of their second semester in residence are eligible to apply for six departmental $3,000 summer research support grants.

Students with assistantships begin in their first Fall Semester by teaching one section of Public Speaking in tandem with the Department's three-credit Teaching Practicum.

In the second semester of residency on assistant-ships, students teach two sections of public speaking and thereafter remain on a 1-2 or 2-1 teaching load for the duration of their funded offer.

Beyond teaching Public Speaking, there are a variety of other teaching opportunities within the department, such as teaching assistant positions in the large-lecture process courses and opportunities to design and implement standalone sections of courses below the 1000 level.

University of Pittsburgh Assistance


External Funding Sources

  • American Association for University Women, American Dissertation Fellowships
  • American Association for University Women, International Fellowships
  • American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships, Predoctoral Fellowships
  • Fulbright Doctoral Fellowships
  • Pivot Database (many internal and external opportunities)
  • Swann Foundation Fellowship (Library of Congress)
  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships