CDM Assistantships, Production Grants & Stipends

A limited number of funding opportunities are available for qualified CDM graduate students. These opportunities are very competitive. Assistantships are tuition and/or monetary awards based on academic merit, experience in the field, and recommendations. An assistantship typically requires the recipient to perform some service for CDM such as tutoring, grading or lab support.

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Types of Duties

Masters’ students are typically assigned tutoring, grading or lab support. Doctoral and MFA students may be involved in tutoring, technical support, lab management, research, producing videos for CDM, stage management, screenwriting conference, film festivals, animation projects or work at Cinespace Studios. Students must re-apply quarterly or yearly as specified below for each funding opportunity.

Application Review and Notification

The assistantships, production grants and stipends are extremely competitive. The review committees reject many students who have high (or even perfect) grade point averages simply due to high volume and quality. Therefore, the selection process tends to focus on the student's technical expertise and/or potential. Weight is given to excellent letters of recommendation that explicitly discuss the student's technical expertise and/or potential.

Available Assistantships

Please read carefully each assistantship description to determine the qualifying criterial for each assistantship prior to submitting your application. Some assistantships require additional application materials.


CDM Graduate Assistantship

CDM Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of funding opportunities are available for qualified CDM graduate students, MFA and PhD students. These opportunities are very competitive. Assistantships are tuition and/or monetary awards based on academic merit, experience in the field, and recommendations.

Types of Duties

Masters’ students are typically assigned tutoring, grading or lab support. Doctoral students may be involved in tutoring, technical support, lab management, or research. Students must re-apply yearly as specified below.

Application Review and Notification

The graduate assistantships are extremely competitive. The review committee rejects many students who have high (or even perfect) grade point averages simply due to high volume and quality. Therefore, the selection process tends to focus on the student's technical expertise and/or potential. Weight is given to excellent letters of recommendation that explicitly discuss the student's technical expertise and/or potential.


Graduate Assistantship Application Process

Intended for any degree-seeking (PhD, MS, MA and MFA) graduate student in CDM. A graduate assistantship may include tuition awards for one or more courses per quarter and a small stipend (not sufficient to satisfy the financial requirement for a student visa). Full graduate assistant awards require that the student works 20 hours per week and include two course tuition waivers. Partial awards require that the student works 10 hours per week and include one course tuition waiver.

You may apply only if you are a degree-seeking student. Your status is considered "degree-seeking" if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have been admitted as a PhD student at CDM.
  • You are pursuing an MS, MA or MFA and you have completed all Introductory/Foundation Courses in your declared program.
  • Must be currently enrolled.

Newly admitted students should contact an advisor in the CDM Academic Success Center to discuss the Introductory/Foundation Course requirements for their program of study, if applicable, prior to submitting an application for a graduate assistantship.

NOTE: Students who hold a FT or PT university faculty or staff position are not eligible for a graduate assistantship.>

How To Apply

To be considered for an assistantship the following must be submitted.

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • All letters of recommendation must be submitted by the time the application closes 11:59 pm on the due date for each application period. A minimum of two faculty recommendations must be submitted by the deadline.

Financial Aid Cost of Attendance Disclaimer

Applications and additional supporting materials must be submitted online by clicking on the link below.

NOTE: Once you submit your application you may not add or change your submission.

Part 1: Application Period and Deadlines

Students awarded a graduate assistantship will receive funds either for academic year or quarterly during the application periods specified below.

Note: Submit your application as early as possible to allow enough time for faculty recommendations to be submitted by the deadline as noted below.

There are two application periods annually
  • April 1st – April 30th by 11:59 pm
    • This application period is for consideration for positions for the full academic year beginning the Autumn quarter.
      • Notifications regarding your application will be sent in early July.
  • September 15th – October 15th by 11:59 pm
    • This application period is for consideration for positions for the Winter and Spring quarters.
      • Notifications for this application period will be are made within a month prior to the start of the quarter.
  • Graduate assistantships are awarded either quarterly with a possibility of renewal for the Winter/Spring quarters or per academic year depending on your performance and academic degree progression but are not guaranteed.
  • All students must re-apply annually for consideration for the new academic year during the application period beginning April 1st.

NOTE: Once you submit your application you may not add or change your submission.

Part 2: Recommendations

All applicants must submit on their application between two to five faculty recommenders, preferably from CDM faculty. CDM faculty MUST submit their recommendations online. Students must submit requests for recommendations on their application and should give the faculty member appropriate lead-time to submit the recommendation before the deadline.

  • Prior to submitting your application, students are urged to inform faculty that they are requesting that they provide a recommendation to support their application.
    • One you submit your application you may not go back and add additional recommenders.
  • You may check the status of your faculty recommendations by checking your application on MyCDM.
    • A minimum of two faculty recommendations must be submitted by the deadline for each application period.

Part 3: Interview

After you have submitted your application, you may be contacted and invited for a short interview. The goal of this interview will be to assess your technical expertise and communication skills. The interview process is typically utilized when selecting students for assistantship positions.

For more information about graduate assistantships, contact CDM-GAAdmins@depaul.edu.
Note: You will generally receive an answer within two (2) business days during regular business hours.

If you are having technical issues regarding your application, contact development@cdm.depaul.edu
NOTE: You will generally receive an answer within two (2) business days during regular business hours.