Graduate Student Resources

Political science graduate student forms and support information can be found below. For further guidance, visit the online graduate student handbook and graduate student newsletter webpages with the Columbian College. PhD students may also visit the department's PhD Policies & Resources page.


All current forms and documents for political science graduate students are available below or by emailing [email protected].

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Student recipients are encouraged to receive payments electronically for stipends and reimbursements. Simply complete the Direct Deposit Authorization Form and return to GW's Payroll Services.


Research Funding Opportunities

Internal University Funding

GW has many options when it comes to applying for research support funds. Internal funding opportunities for students can be explored with the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) and on the Columbian College Funding Opportunities webpage.

External Funding

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) supports the university’s research mission by providing oversight of externally-sponsored research. Graduate students within our program are able to utilize university administration should they receive external funds or awards to support their research. Past external funding has been received by our graduate students from organizations like the National Science Foundation (NSF), Smith Richardson Foundation, Charles Koch Foundation, and more.


Professional Development

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Conferences and Presentations

Limited funds are available each year from Columbian College for PhD students attending scholarly meetings or conferences. A PhD student must be presenting a talk or paper at the meeting in order to be eligible for funding. Requests for funding must be submitted at least one month before the meeting occurs. Interested students should contact [email protected].

Graduate roundtable seminar course

Consortium Classes

GW belongs to the Consortium of the Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. This means students are invited to take graduate-level courses at fellow consortium member schools, like: American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. Approval for consortium classes must be submitted through a form from the Office of the Registrar.

PSC Graduate Caucus

The political science graduate caucus is a student-led program within the department that hosts opportunities for peer networking and casual get-togethers alike. Past events hosted by the Caucus include career workshops, National Mall lawn game outings, and attending D.C. sporting events. The purpose of the Caucus is to provide peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and support while attending our graduate program. Each year, the Columbian College provides limited funds to support Caucus programing.

Contact the PSC Graduate Caucus at [email protected].