Graduate Opportunities

Communication Graduate Student Association

The primary aim of our organization is to facilitate the development and enhancement of the academic, social and collegial atmosphere among graduate students in the Communication Department at Georgia State University. CGSA acts as the contact group for voicing student input and concerns to members of the faculty and administration when they affect the group as a whole. We sponsor events and activities such as: departmental conferences, social get-togethers AND we provide financial support for conference registration and travel. The best news is, you are automatically a member – but we need your help! Your annual $25 contribution will help us make sure you get the most out of your membership! You can pay your dues to any CGSA officer at your earliest convenience.  For more information contact

Rhetoric Society of America at Georgia State University

RSA at GSU establishes a space for graduate students to foster the study of rhetoric. It seeks to cultivate community among rhetoric scholars across disciplines and is committed to promoting rhetoric and civic engagement at GSU.  Contact email:


The Department of Communication offers Ph.D. students graduate assistantships that offer teaching and research responsibilities. Graduate assistants are expected to teach or be assigned as an assistant to the equivalent of three 3-hour undergraduate courses per year and assist an appointed faculty member in his or her research endeavors. Assistantships are renewable annually for a four-year period. Doctoral students on assistantship receive a full tuition waiver; a stipend (currently $18,000); up to $800 (as available) to support travel for the presentation of conference papers.

Graduate students in the Master's program (for Human Communication or Mass Communication concentrations only) may apply for an assistantship opportunity by filling out an application available online at the Department of Communication website in the Forms & Handbooks section. The available positions consist of working in one the department’s labs.  Master's students on assistantship support receive a full tuition waiver and a stipend (currently $6000).


Transcultural Conflict and Violence - Presidential Fellowship
The TCV initiative is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and doctoral students from the programs of Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, English, the Middle East Institute, Political Science, Psychology, and Religious Studies. Scholars work together to analyze the causes and solutions to transcultural conflict and violent extremism. Each year, new and returning students compete for twelve Presidential Fellowships.

Fellows conduct research gaining experience writing grants, working on interdisciplinary research teams, and co-authoring with nationally and internationally recognized faculty working in the area.

More information:
Contact: Dr. Carol Winkler Communications Professor / TCV Lead Faculty
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James Woodruff, Jr., Fellowship in Media Innovation & Responsibility

2019-2020 Application

The Graduate Committee is now accepting applications for the James Woodruff Jr. Fellowship in Media Innovation & Responsibility. This fellowship will offer a $6000 stipend for the 2019-2020 academic year, will be awarded to a MA student in the Mass Communication, Human Communication, or Digital Media Strategies area and is especially appropriate for students who will be in the second or final year of their program or working on their thesis or final project. The Fellowship will offer a tuition waiver for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 and the stipend will be distributed in two (2) equal payments during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

Applications consist of a brief (no more than 3-4 pages) description of the project: 1) including a rationale that connects it to Mass Comm, Human Comm, and Digital Media Strategies; 2) applicants should feel free to make an argument connecting their work to audience studies, health communication, international media, journalism, media and culture, strategic communication, rhetoric or interpersonal communication; 3) lays out a claim to significance; 4) proposes a specific strategy for disseminating the outcome; 5) commits to a specific work product (not just a completion of a thesis); 6) includes copy of a resume or CV; 7) and a sealed - confidential letter from your thesis advisor or the faculty who will oversee the project, that speaks with specificity to the merits of the project, the competency of the students to complete it, and the schedule for completion.

Applications and the sealed confidential letter is due to Tawanna Tookes by April 30, 2019.

Current Graduate Student Resources in the College of Arts & Sciences