Assistantships & Fellowships

UNL Fellowships

UNL graduate fellowship applications are available online where you may access the forms and instructions.

Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships offered by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Campus students should contact the graduate chair about possible openings after completion of one semester of graduate courses.

Graduate Assistantship Application Deadline

  • February 1 for fall semester
  • September 1 for spring semester
  • If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, please complete the form below by February 1 (for fall) or by September 1 (for spring) and send all materials electronically to jbergstrom3@unl.edu. The awards are issued to students admitted to the program based on the qualifications and skills of the applicant and availability of funds.
    Graduate Assistantship Application

Financial Assistance

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications awards the Hitchcock Fellowship to graduate students.

The fellowship is awarded to worthy students on the basis of:

  • record of good scholarship
  • good professional promise

The fellowships is not granted solely on financial need.

All applicants will be considered and awarded by vote of the graduate committee in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

A nomination letter would be welcomed by the selection committee.

The application form is available online.

Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Fellowship

Students meeting the following criteria shall be eligible for this award:

  • Each recipient shall be a Nebraska resident for purposes of tuition.
  • Each recipient shall be a full-time or part-time student in the graduate Master of Arts program, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Each recipient shall have a minimum of one year of professional journalistic experience following completion of the baccalaureate degree.
  • Each recipient shall comply with all other rules and regulations established by the graduate faculty of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, so long as such rules and regulations are not in conflict with the terms and conditions of this agreement.

The Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation

Since 1975, the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation has provided important funds for the master's program in UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Its initial gift of $250,000 has grown to $1 million, and the foundation helped fund the Andersen Hall renovation.

In 1885, Gilbert M. Hitchcock founded the Omaha Evening World newspaper. Four years later, by purchasing the Omaha Morning Herald and combining it with the Evening World, Hitchcock launched the Omaha World-Herald.

Gilbert Hitchcock died in 1934 and Martha Hitchcock took up her husband's torch. In 1944 she established the Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Foundation to honor her husband's memory. She died in 1962 and left $5 million to the Hitchcock Foundation. In 1975 the foundation's board decided to support the journalism graduate program.

Hitchcock Foundation dollars help both graduate students and faculty by providing fellowships for graduate students and seed money for professional projects by the faculty. It is and has been the goal of the Hitchcock Foundation to educate graduate students and keep them within the territory serviced by the Omaha World-Herald.

Neely Kountze, the Hitchcock's great-nephew, is currently president of the Hitchcock Foundation.