Multiple opportunities are available for students who have already begun their studies at SSP. Additional details about these opportunities are sent directly to students each year.
Language Study Scholarships
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) provides Language Scholarships for classes below the 350 level during the the fall and spring semesters. More details are available in the the SSP Language Scholarship Policies.
SSP Merit Awards
SSP awards up to five merit scholarships semester for the students with the highest cumulative GPA who have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours (6 courses). These awards are highly competitive and provide up to a 50% scholarship for the following semester; students who receive the award multiple semesters in a row are eligible to receive up to a 100% scholarship.
Director’s Citizenship Award
This award is intended to recognize students for their contribution to the SSP community, above and beyond academics. Recipients are generally self-nominated and are chosen by the Director after a holistic review of all applicants, taking into account contributions to the program, school, and university along with academic performance and professional demeanor. Awardees receive up to a 50% tuition award for one semester and apply at any point in their SSP career, beginning at the end of their first semester.
SSP offers funding to current students to assist with domestic or international summer research, language immersion, and domestic or international internships. Students apply for Summer Grants in the semester prior to their summer plans. To read about the experiences students have had thanks to the SSP Summer Grant program, see our student Summer Grant blog, SSP Around the World.
A limited number of research assistant (RA) positions are available to SSP students, including international students. Research assistantships pay a competitive wage, and students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Openings are provided to students as they become available, and professors choose their own assistants. From time to time, financial support is available for specific projects submitted by students or under special research assistantships developed by faculty members. SSP does not use teaching assistants, but SSP students may serve as teaching assistants at Georgetown in various undergraduate departments. Students interested in teaching assistantships should make inquiries directly to the individual departments at Georgetown as early as possible for full consideration.
SSP hires three student fellows each semester: two to assist with communications and events, and one to assist with admissions and alumni. Fellows work closely with the SSP staff on a variety of tasks and are often able to make connections to the program beyond those available to other students. These fellows serve for one or two semesters, are paid a competitive wage, and generally work 10 to 20 hours per week. Fellow positions are announced to all students when they are available, generally one to two months prior to the start of a semester.