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 external funding are to report this information to the Chair and administrative staff to work out an overall package.

There are some internal funding 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.

Students may not ‘defer’ departmental funding if they receive a external funding in years 1-5. Beyond the fifth year students are responsible for nonresident tuition and student health insurance premiums.