School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD: Graduate Assistantships

INCM Program Funding


The PhD in International Conflict Management offers a limited number of competitive assistantships each year. Students offered an assistantship are funded in the amount of $15,000 per year. Program funding consists of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) to support the research and teaching responsibilities of the university with specific focus on supporting the research and teaching activities of the INCM program faculty and contributing departments. Provided satisfactory academic and RTA performance, and depending on the annual program budget, INCM typically provides funding for the duration of one academic year, renewable for a maximum of three years.

INCM Research or Teaching Assistantship

If provided, KSU graduate assistantships cover both in-state and out-of-state tuition, however, student fees will still remain the responsibility of the student. KSU graduate assistantships also provide a stipend. Click here to view program assistantship guidelines.

To be eligible for an INCM Research or Teaching Assistantship, a student must:

For First-Year Students:

  • Be accepted into the INCM program and receive a recommendation by the INCM Program Admissions Committee to be considered for funding.

For Second- and Third-Year Students:

  • Successfully complete the first year of study.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Receive a recommendation for new or continued funding from the INCM Progress and Funding Committee between the first and second year of study.
  • If applicable, receive positive performance evaluations from the supervisor(s) of previous GRA assignments.

Funding Beyond the Third Year:

  • In exceptional circumstances and when additional INCM program funding is available, students may be eligible to compete for additional semesters of funding. This is much more common regarding summer assistantships.

Decisions on continued funding and types of assistantships are made on a competitive basis based on a comparative evaluation of students’ performance both academically and in completing their assigned GRA duties.