The amounts reflected herein are those established for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Awards are complete for that year. An application form will be provided in the text when applications open.

These scholarships and assistantships are available only to students in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

Scholarships and Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GAs)

  • 3 GLS GAs -

    • 2 GAs External to GLS Office;

      • Each assistantship is worth $10500 ($5250 each semester) and requires each awardee to work 20 hours per week. To identify the optimum candidates, applicants may be interviewed by the participating programs, i.e., the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Graduate Student Life which falls under the Dean of Students Office. All applicants for a GA must submit (with the application):
        • a resume or c.v.;
        • a cover letter describing the applicant's qualifications for the position;
        • an unofficial advising academic transcript (available on SeaNet) reflecting any past UNCW graduate-level work.
          • Note: Students without any past graduate-level attendance at UNCW need not submit a transcript.
      • 1 GA Internal to GLS Office:

        • A $10500 (5250 per semester) award requiring 20 hours of work/week.  When assigned to one person, 10 hours/week will be dedicated to editorial management of the GLS journal, Palaver; the remaining 10 hours will be administrative and/or research oriented. 
        • When assigned to two people ($5250 each//2625 per semester per person), one person will be responsible for both Palaver editorial management and training the other assignee in Palaver editorial duties; the second person will be responsible for various administration and research duties in addition to becoming competent in the Palaver editorial management process.
        • Submit a resume/c.v. and cover letter stating your qualifications for the position as described.
        • All assignees will report to either the Assistant Director, GLS Program, or the Director, GLS Program as is directed. 

All successful applicants for a GA must provide to the GLS Program Office:

  • a Form W4 (Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate -- federal). At UNCW, this form is completed online. For instructions on how to complete this form, go to Payroll's web page titled "Update Federal W4 Form Online" located at Notify the GLS Program Assistant when the form has been submitted.
  • an NC-4 (Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate -- North Carolina). To obtain the correct form, go to Payroll's web page titled "Tax Forms" located at and click on either NC-4EZ or NC-4 (as may be required by your circumstances).
  • a UNCW Direct Deposit form (with voided check or deposit slip). To obtain the proper form, go to Payroll's "Payroll" web page located at Click on "Direct Deposit" to obtain the form.
  • an I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) -- this form must be completed within three days of commencing work.
    • The I-9 must be filled out and signed in front of GLS Program staff member. All supporting documents must be valid (unexpired) and, with the exception of a Social Security card, must be photo ID and the signatures on the form must be originals.
    • After the I-9 is completed, the applicant's information will be submitted, using E-Verify, to both Social Security and Homeland Security to ascertain if the applicant is authorized to work in the United States.

Tuition Remission

  • 1 at $11,9354.44 (maximum award) - this amount is for an academic year. Half will be paid in each of the two semesters (fall and spring).
  • There are two major eligibility requirements for the tuition remission:
    1. The student must have a graduate assistantship; and,
    2. the student must be out-of-state as the remission pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state. (The student is responsible for the in-state portion.)
    The actual amount of the remission depends on the number of credit hours in which the out-of-state student is enrolled and the actual tuition costs at the time of issuance..


  1. Tuition remissions, though granted by the Graduate School for each academic year, may not be available to all applicants every year. If a tuition remission was given to a student in their first year and that student has made satisfactory progress toward the degree and has not been reclassified as "instate for tuition purposes" or will be supported by some other funds, the program is obligated to use the awarded tuition remission to cover the student for the second year.
  2. The amount of each tuition remission is closely linked to the receiving student's hourly enrollment for that semester. Once the remission has been awarded, students should not decrease or increase the number of hours enrolled. If a change in enrolled hours appears necessary, discuss the change with the GLS Program Director and the Graduate School before making the change. Changes, especially reductions in hours enrolled, can result in the student being required to reimburse the university for a remission previously paid.


New Scholar Award.

This award is used to recruit new students. It is worth $1000 ($500 in the fall and $500 in the spring). Awards will based on prior academic achievement and offered to one new MALS student for use in defraying academic expenses. The awarded amount will be applied to the student's account to offset tuition and fees.

Graduate Tuition Scholarships.

This scholarship is worth $2500 but is ordinarily broken into $1000 and $500 awards. These smaller scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The awarded amount will be applied, in the fall semester only, to the student(s)' account to offset in-state tuition and fees. Applicants with a history of past UNCW graduate work must submit an unofficial advising academic transcript reflecting that work with their application.

Other Scholarships

Information on other scholarships offered by UNCW are documented in the Graduate Catalogue.


Applications are now closed and will reopen in April 2015 with a submission deadline of June 1, 2015. . If any questions, please contact the GLS Program Assistant, Perry Campbell, at campbellp AT uncw DOT edu.

The link to the GLS Scholarship Application will be found here when applications open.

NOTE: If you wish to be considered for GLS assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships based on need, you must also fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more details, contact the UNCW Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSF). A link to the FAFSA is found on the OSF home page. Relevant OSF contact information is also provided below:

Email: finaid AT uncw DOT edu

Last Update: October 24, 2014

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