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The scholarship and fellowship awardees are selected by the Statistics Department from all current full-time graduate students and applicants. Selections are based on evidence of achievement and potential for academic success. Graduate applicants need not apply for these to be considered, but those from southern California should alert the application committee to their suitability for the first two.
Most of our funded students are on teaching assistantships. A few students may be selected for research assistantships based on research project need. It's unusual for new students to be awarded a research assistantship.
There is no official application process to apply for assistantships. Simply check the "yes" boxes under "Other Graduate Questions" on the online application form.
In 2018-2019, typical Statistics Department assistantships for incoming MS and PhD students included a tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $2,000/month (for 18 hours of work per week) for the nine-month academic year.
The Graduate Committee of the Department of Statistics makes decisions on assistantships starting in early February each year in the course of evaluating graduate applications. Our decisions about financial assistantships are based on our assessment of the applicant’s prospects for graduate studies and for fulfilling the duties associated with the assistantship. Teaching assistantships involve grading, conducting office hours, and possibly leading a computer lab session or recitation session. Summer teaching assistantships are available for students supported in the academic year on a limited basis.
The Department often has research assistantships available from faculty research grants and contracts. These are typically awarded to PhD students, but they have also been awarded to exceptional MS students.