PhD Funding

The department provides competitive levels of funding for PhD students. This funding includes full tuition, student health insurance coverage, and a 12-month stipend. PhD students are also given access to an annual travel/research allowance for eligible expenses. Assuming satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree and continued funding levels, PhD students may expect this support to continue for five years (10 semesters)

During the five years of support, graduate students are expected to dedicate their full time and attention to coursework, teaching, research, etc. within the Department of Cognitive Science. Additionally, they are expected to apply for any outside funding (e.g. NSF fellowship, etc.) for which they are eligible as early as their first semester. Students who receive fellowships or grants are to report this information to the Chair and administrative staff of the department. Funds given to any student over and above tuition, mandatory fees and books and equipment may be subject to taxation. For clarification of tax issues, please contact the University Tax Office (443) 997-8688.

There are some internal opportunities for PhD students. For example, students in their third year or beyond may design and instruct an undergraduate course for payment. Such opportunities include Summer and Intersession courses as well as the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship. 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 nonresident tuition. The program does not allow students to ‘defer’ funding if they receive a grant/fellowship in years 1-5.