Center for Fair & Alternative Trade

Colorado State University

Graduate Funding Opportunities

CFAT Project Research Assistantships

The Center for Fair & Alternative Trade typically supports one or two research assistants working on specific projects .  Please see our Current Projects for more information on the range of projects that CFAT faculty and associates are working on.  If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your application for admission to CSU’s Sociology department by January 15, for a fall start that year. Application instructions can be found at the Sociology’s Graduate page.
  2. Send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the CFAT research assistantship to Doug Murray ( or Laura Raynolds (

Teaching Assistantships, Sociology Department

The CSU Sociology Department invites applications for teaching assistantships for the MA and PhD degree programs. All Sociology graduate students are eligible for funded positions and new applications received by the January 15 deadline will be automatically considered. Graduate Teaching Assistants work 20 hours per week with faculty in undergraduate courses. In return they receive tuition and stipend (depending on academic experience) for a nine-month contract. Review the Sociology Department’s website for more information.

External Grants for International Scholars

Promising scholars from around the world have been awarded external foundation grants to work with CFAT.  For example, David Phillips, a PhD student from Newcastle University, received an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant to be a CFAT visiting scholar. Siphelo Ngcwangu, a South African national, received funding to pursue his MA degree at CSU from the Ford Foundation International Fellowship. International scholars interested in working with CFAT should explore these and other funding opportunities, they are also welcome to apply for the assistantships listed above.

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