PhD Funding

The department provides competitive levels of funding for PhD students. This funding includes tuition, student health insurance, and a stipend. Students are also provided a travel/research allowance for eligible expenses. If a student remains in academic good standing, this funding is extended for up to five years of total support.

Our PhD students are expected to engage in full-time research during the summer months and the intersession in addition to their regular coursework, TA responsibilities, and participation in academic departmental events.

PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply for external graduate fellowship/grant opportunities (e.g., NSF, NIH, DoD) and to apply for them in a timely fashion. Students, both current and incoming, who apply for funding opportunities must inform their adviser and the department’s budget staff person both at the time of application and when the student is notified of whether the funding is awarded or not.

There are opportunities, specifically in the summer and intersession terms, for PhD students typically in their third year or beyond to design and instruct an undergraduate course for which they receive a payment. Inquire with the Office of Summer and Intersession Programs for more information. All proposed courses must be approved by the student’s adviser(s) and the department chair.

If a PhD student must continue past the summer of his or her fifth year in the program, he or she must obtain non-resident status. The program does not provide PhD students funding past the fifth year and students are responsible for tuition thereafter; however, tuition is reduced to 10%. Students may also apply for external funding.