Funding for PhD Students

Tuition/Schloarship

PhD students in good standing will receive a Graduate Scholarship for the full tution for as long as they are in the program (up to 7 years).

Fellowship/Stipend Support

Fellowship/Stipend support is merit based and is provided to PhD students in order that they might pursue their academics without having to earn an income. First Year PhD students will receive a fellowship from the Department in the amount of $28,000 for the full academic year. The purpose of this fellowship in the first year is for PhD students to focus in on their studies and prepare for the comprehensive exams at the conclusion of the first year. 

Second Year PhD students and above will receive a service stipend in the amount of $29,000 for the full academic year. Mainly students choose between teaching assistantships (95%) and research assistantships (5%). 

  • Teaching Assistantships (TAs)

TAs are hired by the department and receive a payroll check twice a month.  TAs work an average of 20 hours per week during the quarter in which they are employed. 

  • Research Assistantships (RAs)

Students on Research Assistantships are employed by the professor who hired them. Students are generally contacted by the Professor who is interested in them to work on research. RA positions receive a payroll check twice monthly and also receive a health insurance subsidy. RAs work an average of 20 hours per week during the quarter in which they are employed.

Sixth Year PhD students and above are not eligble for Graduate School or Departmental stipend support. At this time, PhD students are encouraged to find alternate sources of income. 

Fellowship support provides a lump sum stipend payment at the start of the each semester and tuition support. Students on a university fellowship also receive a health insurance subsidy.

Conference Travel and Research Funds

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers select travel grants per semester to PhD students. If you apply to the GSAS Travel Grant and secure one, the Department will match the amount of the award up to $500. This is a one-time match. Limited travel funding is available for conference travel.  All travel must be directly related to the doctoral degree and will be reimbursed only after travel has been fully completed. Student must present at the conference or serve as an organizer in order to be reimbursed.  The current reimbursement amount for travel is limited to $500, awarded once during the student's Ph.D. career and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.