The Department of Physical Education offers graduate assistantships to support full time gradate study of doctoral students. Students receive a stipend and tuition waiver for performing duties for the department. These responsibilities may include some or all of the following: assisting faculty in undergraduate classes, assisting with research, teaching physical activity classes, supervising students in practicums, and other departmental duties as assigned.
Application for assistantships in the department of physical education are provided in PDF format on this page. If you have Acrobat® Reader™, you can fill out the application electronically (however you will not be able to save the document), print it out and mail the completed form to:
Dr. Karen French
Department of Physical Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
If you have the full Adobe Acrobat® software, you can save the application after completing it and e-mail the form as an attachment to KFRENCH@gwm.sc.edu. Usually the decision process regarding assistantships is begun in March and continues until all available assistantships are awarded.
Assistantships can only be awarded to students who are fully admitted to the doctoral program. Thus, to be considered for an assistantship, students must submit a formal application to the doctoral program though the University of South Carolina Graduate School.
All entering doctoral students who are awarded an assistantship must attend a workshop sponsored by the University of South Carolina Graduate School during the week prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester. Usually, this workshop is held near the middle of August.
There are other university offices (Department of Athletics, Campus Recreation) that offer graduate assistantships to students who are interested in a graduate degree in physical education or other areas. Students should contact these departments directly about the procedures for applying for graduate assistantships.