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Prospective Student Funding

Teaching Assistantships

The Geography Program offers competitive graduate teaching assistantships to M.A. and Ph.D. students. TAs are employed to work in support of undergraduate courses across environmental geography, geographic information science, and human geography. Applicants who wish to be considered for a TA position should make that request known in their application.

Research Assistantships

The geography faculty are recruiting for Graduate positions on currently funded projects, with additional funded positions expected to be added for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants interested in the Graduate Research Assistantship described below are strongly encouraged to contact the research faculty prior to applying. In addition to the specific qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the Geology & Geography Department at WVU.

 Available Funded Graduate Positions

Geographic Information Science. Our graduate program is composed of 17 core geography faculty with expertise in the interdisciplinary subfields of: 

  • Human Geography
  • Environmental Geography
  • GIScience 
  • South Asia
  • Latin America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Middle East
  • East Asia
  • The United States, including Appalachia 
Departmental Funding Packages

Funded Ph.D. students are guaranteed 3 years of funding through RA or TA positions (contingent upon progress within the program), and are eligible for continued funding in years 4 and 5, based upon performance. Funded M.A. students are guaranteed 1 year of funding through RA or TA positions (contingent upon progress within the program), and are eligible for continued funding in year 2, based upon performance. All funded positions include a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance.

Funded Projects for Research Assistants

University Fellowships

WVU offers several fellowships to exceptional incoming Ph.D. students. Potential candidates are nominated by WVU Geography faculty after application to the Program is complete. A full list of awards can be found at: https://graduateeducation.wvu.edu/funding-and-cost/scholarships-and-internships

Program and University Information: 

WVU has R1 Carnegie Ranking and Geography is a respected Program of Excellence at the university.  We are located in Morgantown, a vibrant town located near excellent recreational opportunities and just 75 miles south of Pittsburgh. The Geography Program is housed in a state-of-the-art research facility. WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty, staff and students committed to working in a multicultural environment. The university welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


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