PhD Student Funding Overview

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At Yale, you can earn your doctorate at our expense. 

Our funding packages for Yale PhD students are among the most generous in the world. Every PhD student receives a fellowship for the full cost of tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and paid health coverage, though the details of your funding package will differ depending on your academic program. On average, doctoral students receive more than $500,000 in tuition fellowships, stipends, and health premium benefits over the course of their enrollment. Full PhD funding normally extends for a minimum of five years, unless your doctoral program is of shorter duration, e.g., Investigative Medicine, Law, Nursing, and Public Health. 

The main categories of funding available to PhD students are detailed below. Our Programs & Policies handbook contains additional information about funding and fellowship opportunities available at the Graduate School, along with applicable policies. 

If you have questions about your funding, you can ask your program registrar or DGS, Graduate Financial Aid, or Associate Dean Robert Harper-Mangels.

Types of Funding for PhD Students

University Fellowships (UFs) are provided through the Graduate School and do not require teaching in Yale's Teaching Fellow Program. UFs are often used during the initial year(s) of your doctoral program to cover your stipend and tuition, when you are engaged in coursework and identifying an adviser.

For official policies governing University Fellowships, including information on deferring a UF, please see our Programs & Policies Bulletin .

In subsequent years and in most programs, your stipend will be funded by a teaching fellowship or a research assistantship.

Teaching Fellowships (TFs) are contingent on teaching Yale's Teaching Fellow Program (TFP). While you are on a TF, a portion of your stipend is compensation for teaching. The rest of your stipend will come from other sources, depending on your department or program. See the Teaching Fellow Funding page for more information.

The teaching portion of your stipend is subject to federal tax withholding, so you will notice a difference in your paycheck in teaching versus non-teaching semesters.

In lieu of teaching in the Teaching Fellow Program, PhD students in the humanities and social sciences may choose to undertake one of the available Professional Development Opportunities . These positions allow you to gain professional experience at a library, museum, or other office on campus relevant to your studies. 

If you are in the natural sciences, your funding will likely come from training grants and faculty research grants at some point during your enrollment. In most programs, you may only join a research group that has active grant funding. Please consult with your DGS, if you have questions about this aspect of your funding package.

We strongly encourage you to compete for external fellowships. Winning an external award in a national competition, whether sponsored by a public or private agency, is a significant honor. External fellowships may be subject to our Combined Award policy. Please be sure to review our External Fellowships & Awards page to understand how external awards interact with university funding.

An external fellowship may also offer you added flexibility in your program. 

  • If you are a student in the natural sciences, an external fellowship may allow you to pursue a project or idea that is otherwise not eligible for financial support through your adviser’s research funding. 
  • If you are a student in the humanities or social sciences, an external fellowship might allow you to defer a University Fellowship (UF) to a subsequent term or year. 

You can search for external fellowships through the Yale Student Grants Database , other university search engines (e.g., UCLA ), and commercial sites .

You must notify the Graduate School of any external awards you receive. 

  • Send a copy of your award letter to the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] .
  • If your award is subject to the Combined Award policy, then you will receive a combined award letter via email when your award has been processed, outlining your updated funding package. 

For any questions and concerns regarding your combined award letter, please contact the Graduate School Financial Aid Office via email at [email protected]. Associate Dean Robert Harper-Mangels can also advise regarding our Combined Award policy.

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Health Award

The Graduate School provides Yale Health Basic Coverage at no cost to all students (Master's and PhD) who are enrolled at least half-time in degree-seeking programs. In addition, all PhD students registered at least half-time receive a Health Fellowship Award that covers the cost of Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care Coverage.

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Family Support Subsidy for Parenting PhD Students

PhD students who are registered full-time in any year of study are eligible for the family support subsidy to assist with child-related expenses.

Dean's Emergency Fund

The Dean’s Emergency Fund enables terminal master’s and PhD students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to continue making academic progress despite unanticipated, extreme financial hardships that cannot be resolved through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. The maximum award for eligible requests is $2,000.

Conference Travel Fellowship (CTF)

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By partnering with the MacMillan Center and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, graduate students with representatives in the Graduate Student Assembly are eligible for annual conference travel funding of up to $800.

PhD Student Travel Health Fellowship

If you are a PhD student traveling for dissertation research, the Graduate School provides a Travel Health Fellowship to cover the cost of required immunizations and prescription drugs at Yale Health.

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The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral and MFA students financial packages intended to support excellence in graduate education and to enable students to devote themselves full time to their research and scholarship.

All recommendations for graduate student funding are made at the program level. Eligibility and awards are determined annually and are always conditional on students making satisfactory progress toward their degrees. Students with questions or concerns regarding Brown funding — including eligibility, awards, or renewals — should discuss them with the program’s Director of Graduate Study.

Brown's funded degree programs are residential programs that require full-time dedication in order to reach the goals of superior scholarship envisioned for all students. The Graduate School recognizes that training opportunities outside of regular appointments can play an important role in preparing graduate students for their careers and, for supported graduate students in good standing, the Graduate Council is supportive of such additional, paid training opportunities, as long as they do not exceed 12 hours per week. Additional details can be found on the Activities Outside of Stipended Appointments webpage and in the  Graduate School Handbook .

Stipend Information

2023-2024 stipend amounts.

FY24 Doctoral Base Stipends (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024)

$17,137.13 $11,424.75 $45,699 $3,808.25

2024-2025 Stipend Amounts

FY25 Doctoral Base Stipends (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025)

$18,379.50 $12,253 $49,012 $4,084.33

2025-2026 Stipend Amounts

FY26 Doctoral Base Stipends (July 1, 2025 - June 30, 2026)

$19,574.25 $13,049.50 $52,198 $4,349.83

Where to Find Stipend Information

Students receive an appointment letter through  Self Service Banner  (SSB) each term (fall, spring, and summer). You can find your appointment letters in  SSB  by logging in with your Brown username and password, then clicking on the 'Student' tab and selecting ‘Graduate Student Appointment Details’ at the bottom of the list. The appointment letter provides: 

  • The appointment type and a general description of duties 
  • The start and end dates of the appointment 
  • The department in which the appointment is assigned 
  • The total stipend amount for the term 
  • Whether the appointment in the bargaining unit or not and union-related steps to take prior to the appointment starting

Calculating Monthly Amount

All stipended graduate students will receive their regular stipend payment at the end of each month (see the Student Employee FAQ section on the Controller’s Office  General Information/FAQ webpage ). Your Appointment Letter provides the total amount you will receive for that term and from that you can determine approximately how much you will receive at the end of each month (please note this is a pre-tax amount).

Fall and Spring Terms

The fall and spring funding periods are both 4.5 months in length. Fall runs September 1 - January 15 and spring runs January 16 - May 31 (these dates are detailed in your Appointment Letter). To determine how much you will receive each month, divide the stipend amount from your Appointment Letter by 4.5 months. 

Example:  Your Fall 2023 Appointment Letter shows a stipend amount of $16,421.63.  $16,421.63/ 4.5 months = $3,649.25 per month, pre-tax.

Summer Term

The summer term runs June 1 - August 31 and straddles two fiscal years. Students receiving a summer stipend will receive one month of stipend payment (June) at the rate of the fiscal year that is ending and two months of stipend payment (July and August) at the rate of the fiscal year that is starting. This means that the payment amount in June may be different from the amounts in July and August (though it will generally be the same as the amount from the previous July and August).

Example:  Your Summer 2024 Appointment Letter shows a stipend amount of $11,976.91. The 2023-2024 monthly stipend rate is $3,808.25 and you will receive that amount, pre tax, in June 2024 (the portion of the summer in the 2023-2024 fiscal year). The 2024-2025 monthly stipend rate is $4,084.33 and you will receive that amount, pre tax, in both July and August 2024 (the portion of the summer in the 2024-2025 fiscal year).

Effects of Appointment Type

A general overview and description of duties for student appointments can be found in the  Graduate School Handbook . Appointment types not only affect the type of work a student is performing during a term, but may also affect how the student’s stipend is taxed and will determine whether or not they are in the bargaining unit. For example, students appointed to fellowships do not generally have taxes taken out of their payments and are not in the bargaining unit, while students on assistantship appointments such as RA, TA, or Proctor, do have taxes withheld at the time of payment and are in the bargaining unit (and so must pay the GLO Membership Fee or the GLO Fair Share Fee). See the Tax Information and Graduate Student Union Information webpages for more information.

Steps Required to Receive Payments

All students must complete the I-9 process in order to receive payment from Brown. Students will be required to complete this process upon matriculating as well as anytime they return to active student status after taking a leave of absence. 

The I-9 process includes:

  • Submitting the I-9 Form and completing all onboarding tasks in Workday (instructions can be found on the  I-9 Forms webpage ) 
  • Visiting the HR Service Center, in person, (Page-Robinson Hall, Room 213) to present original, unexpired documentation for the I-9 Form. Please refer to the  List of Acceptable Documents  for guidance on the types of documents required. 

Sprintax Calculus

All international students are required to enter data pertaining to immigration and tax status in Sprintax Calculus each calendar year and if they extend their stay at Brown University. Students are also required to notify their department and [email protected] each time they leave the U.S. with their location and possible return date, and then again when they re-enter the country, regardless of the length of time they were away. Current information is required to ensure that correct taxes are applied. More information is available on the Controller’s Office Foreign National Payments and Taxation webpage. Note that the university previously used FNIS for this process, but has recently transitioned to Sprintax Calculus.

Effects of Student Location

A student’s location during the term (whether they are on campus or off campus in another state or country) plays a role in how the student’s payment is processed by Brown and may affect the taxes withheld. Students should let their program administrator know when they will be away from campus and international students should notify their department and [email protected] each time they leave the U.S. with their location and possible return date, and then again when they re-enter the country, regardless of the length of time they were away. To ensure that student payments are in compliance with all relevant tax laws, students may get questions about their current location and travel dates from their program administrator, the Graduate School, or the Controller’s Office. 

Receiving Stipend as Check or Direct Deposit

Information about how to sign up for direct deposit is found on the Controller’s Office  General Information/FAQ webpage . Note that students who sign up for direct deposit may still receive one more payment as a check if the direct deposit setup process is not fully completed prior to payments being disbursed. 

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Ph.D. Financial Support

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The Graduate School provides a competitive package that provides Ph.D. students with financial support for at least a majority of the time they are registered and working toward their degree. This support includes four main components: a stipend, tuition coverage, fees coverage, and coverage of health insurance premiums.

Generally speaking, The Graduate School guarantees Ph.D. students five years of stipend, tuition, and fees support, plus six years of full coverage for health and dental insurance premiums.

Departments with Ph.D. programs vary in the financial support they provide beyond the guaranteed funding package. We strongly encourage prospective and current students to talk to their program’s director of graduate studies ( DGS ) to get a clear understanding of the financial support they can expect from the department as they plan their budget for their time in graduate school. We have created a  table showing who's paying for what in which year to help students plan their finances during graduate school.

Each component of the Ph.D. financial support package is explained in detail below.

Guaranteed Funding Package

The Graduate School guarantees all Ph.D. students a stipend for their first five years of study. Starting in fall 2022, all Duke Ph.D. students will receive a 12-month stipend during their first five years of study ( details on how this is handled in each Ph.D. program ).

In year 6 and beyond, stipend support is at the discretion of each Ph.D. program. Programs differ in the amount, length, and requirements of their stipend support, so check with the DGS.

Current stipend amounts

Tuition Coverage

Tuition for all Ph.D. students in their first five years of study is covered by either The Graduate School or external fellowships.

In year 6, as long as students make an effort to get tuition support from their department or an external source, their tuition is covered. Most sixth-year students receive external or departmental funding to cover tuition, and those who apply for it but don’t get it are eligible for a sixth-year tuition and fee scholarship from Duke.

In year 7 and beyond, tuition is paid by external funding, departmental funding, or the student. Ph.D. programs differ in whether they provide tuition support, so check with the DGS.

Current tuition

Fees Coverage

The Graduate School covers mandatory fees for all Ph.D. students in their first five years of study.

In year 6, as long as students make an effort to get fee support from their department or an external source, their mandatory fees are covered. Most sixth-year students receive external or departmental funding to cover fees, and those who apply for it but don’t get it are eligible for a sixth-year tuition and fee scholarship from Duke.

In year 7 and beyond, fees are paid by external funding, departmental funding, or the student. Ph.D. programs differ in whether they provide fees support, so check with the DGS.

Current fees

Health and Dental Insurance Premiums Coverage

The Graduate School covers the full premiums for medical and dental insurance for all Ph.D. students in their first six years of study, as long as they are on the Duke student medical insurance plan and student dental plan ( learn more about the plans ). Students are responsible for any dependent coverage premiums.

In year 7 and beyond, students are responsible for paying the premiums. The premiums could also be covered by external fellowships or departmental funding, if available (the premiums of Ph.D. students serving as research assistants are covered no matter what year they are in).

Info & Tools

  • Current Ph.D. tuition, fees, and stipends
  • Overview of Ph.D. financial support and benefits (PDF)
  • Current student health and dental insurance premiums
  • Financial planning table for Ph.D. students
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Expectation for Students

Support for Ph.D. students comes from a combination of funding from The Graduate School, the departments, and external funding sources such as governmental or private grants. Students are expected to play a part by making a good-faith effort to obtain external fellowships at some point during their funding period, and they should be encouraged to pursue such opportunities. It is important to understand that the overall graduate awards budget is dependent on a significant number of students obtaining such external support. External grants and fellowships also benefit students because they bring distinction, and competing for such awards provides opportunities to practice grant-writing skills that could serve students well in their future careers.

Types of Financial Support

A student’s support package may comprise several types of funding, including the following:

  • Full or partial scholarships: Cover tuition and fee expenses.
  • Fellowship stipends: Require no service. Many departments also offer endowed fellowships. Selection for these fellowships is usually made by faculty committee within the individual department.
  • Training program appointments: For US citizens and permanent residents participating in federally funded training programs.
  • Research assistantships: Available for graduate students whose special training and qualifications enable them to serve as assistants to individual faculty staff members in certain departments.
  • Graduate assistantships: Available for full-time PhD and master’s students who perform a combination of teaching and incidental research activities, generally under the direct supervision of their assigned adviser.
  • Teaching assistantships: Part-time instruction opportunities for qualified graduate students to serve as instructors, preceptors and section leaders, tutors, and graders.

Some departments use, when possible, the federal work-study program to help fund research and teaching assistantship positions. As a result, some departments may require or request that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so that eligibility for work study funds can be determined.

Other Ph.D. Financial Resources

Aside from the main support package, The Graduate School also offers a number of other financial resources, such as conference travel grants , childcare subsidies , medical expense and financial hardship assistance , and short-term loans for emergencies.

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Financing Your Education - Doctoral Programs

A doctoral degree is a significant investment in your future, and financing your education is a critical factor to consider. While the funding we provide covers the basic standard cost of attendance determined by Stanford University for a modest life as a graduate student, accepting an offer from a doctoral program has significant personal, professional, and financial implications. Below you’ll find information on GSE and Stanford financial support for doctoral students, as well as other important considerations when it comes to financing your PhD.

Funding guarantee

Stanford GSE offers all admitted PhD students a five-year funding package that provides tuition aid, fellowship stipend, and assistantship salary which covers the standard cost of attendance. The funding is based on meeting the basic financial need of the student alone for the first five academic years of the doctoral program and entails assistantship work. The cornerstone of the GSE doctoral experience is the apprenticeship that all students undertake, typically under the guidance of their academic advisor, but often with other Stanford faculty as well. In this apprenticeship model, doctoral students are provided with a funding package that consists of opportunities to serve as teaching and research assistants for faculty members' courses and research projects. By this means, and in combination with the coursework, students are prepared to excel as university faculty, education researchers, and leaders in the field.

All funding is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and performance on the research and teaching assistantships. There is no separate application for this funding.

Assistantships

As part of the academic and professional training and development, students undertake assistantships which provide both salary and tuition. Research assistantships are funded by faculty research grants, other faculty funds or as needed, by the GSE Dean’s Office, and can lead to joint publications with faculty or to dissertation topics. Students who have sufficient expertise and experience may also be selected as teaching assistants for courses at the GSE or other Stanford schools and departments. Assistantships are typically secured in consultation with faculty advisors. Students work 10 hours (25% assistantship) or 20 hours (50% assistantship) a week depending on their year in the program. 

  • Research assistantship (RA): Various duties for research projects
  • Teaching assistantships (3 types):
  • Course Assistant (CA)—course preparation and grading
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)—leads regularly-scheduled discussion sections
  • Teaching Affiliate (TF)—full responsibility for course

Funding Details 2023-2024

Year Fellowship: $25,800
($6,450 per quarter for autumn/winter/spring/summer) 

Note: The above figures reflect 2023-2024 rates. Actual amounts will be adjusted to the rates for 2024-25 and future years.

Cost of attendance

Tuition depends on the units taken by the student. In addition to tuition expenses, the cost of attendance of a PhD program involves living expenses such as rent, food, and transportation. The sum of tuition and non-tuition expenses constitutes the standard cost of attendance. 

As you consider applying to graduate school, you can use the standard cost of attendance of your program —plus any additional expenses you might have—to create your financial plan, keeping in mind that tuition and non-tuition expenses of the standard cost of attendance are set by the university on an annual basis.

What you can do now to prepare financially if admitted

  • Prepare for how your standard of living may change as a graduate student, especially if you are coming from a full-time job.
  • Consider the length of your program, any dependents, existing debt, and additional financial commitments you may have. Students with children may review Stanford support programs for families.
  • If you have personal or special circumstances that require additional expenses above and beyond the standard cost of attendance, plan accordingly.
  • Start saving as much as you are able to cover any unexpected expenses you may incur while in graduate school.
  • Familiarize yourself with federal as well as private student loans, their interest rates, fees, repayment options, deferment policies, and eligibility requirements, so that you are informed if you need to borrow.
  • Be ready to cover all initial expenses, since fellowships and stipends will not be disbursed until a few weeks into your first quarter. Onboarding into a PhD program often requires up front out of pocket expenses for relocation.

Additional GSE resources

Once PhD students matriculate, the GSE has a variety of resources available to support academic work and unanticipated needs.

Students are eligible for up to three travel fellowships during their time at GSE if they are attending a conference or other professional development opportunity.

GSE Student Emergency Fund assists graduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing financial hardship. This fund is meant to support those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. 

GSE Dissertation Support Grants help advanced PhD students who require additional financial support for dissertation research activities. These grants, available at up to $6,500 total per student, are available to students who do not have access to other funds to cover their dissertation costs.

Stanford University resources

Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) program aims to prepare the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. The program selects up to 100 students each year and provides three years of financial support that is integrated into the GSE’s funding package for PhD students.

Vice Provost for Graduate Education awards various fellowships for doctoral students and maintains a list of other Stanford fellowships that students may consider.

Cardinal Care subsidy is an automatic university-wide subsidy program for graduate students. Vaden Health Center manages the university’s Cardinal Care student health insurance.

Stanford Financial Aid Office oversees a number of financial support programs specifically for graduate students with challenging financial situations. 

Additional hourly work is available to students who wish to work for pay as "casual labor" at Stanford up to eight hours a week, provided work does not adversely affect the academic program. Requires approval from the student’s advisor and the Academic Services team.

Other funding sources

External fellowships are integrated into the GSE’s funding package. There are many funding opportunities offered outside of Stanford. The GSE admissions team has compiled an external fellowships and grants document for you to explore, though you should plan to do your own research as well. International students can find additional sources of funding on the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Funding for U.S. Study website and this publication .

Stanford is committed to providing benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® to students in degree-seeking programs. GSE students who qualify for Chapter 33 benefits at the 100% level may be eligible for additional funding through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please note that for GSE students receiving tuition fellowship funding, the Yellow Ribbon match may reduce and in some cases replace institutional grants and scholarships. For instructions, visit the page, Activate VA Education Benefits at Stanford .

International students are guaranteed the same funding package as domestic students. However, there may be restrictions regarding the number of hours and opportunities to work during the summer months. To learn more, please contact the Bechtel International Center .

To meet immigration regulations, international students must show proof of adequate financial support to cover the length of time of their graduate program. While international students are not eligible for U.S. federal loan programs, they may qualify for private/alternative loans. Many lenders, however, require that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-sign the loan. You can find information and tools to help you choose private loan programs most frequently used by Stanford students here. A comprehensive list of private loan programs is available at FinAid.org .

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Funding Packages for Full-Time PhD Students

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student, you are eligible for our generous funding package, which includes a stipend, scholarship, and healthcare coverage. Information is below and on our doctoral funding website. 

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The Steinhardt Fellowship Program

The standard Steinhardt Fellowship package includes an annual stipend, tuition remission for required course work, and student health insurance through your fifth year. The fellowship is reserved for full-time doctoral students. The 2024-2025 stipend is $33,867. Complete details are provided with each offer of admission.

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Research Assistantships

Some doctoral students may be appointed to a Research Assistantship. Research Assistants are funded by external grants and work with a principal investigator on a funded research project. Unlike Steinhardt Fellows, Research Assistants agree to work 20 hours per week on an ongoing research project, typically with a team of faculty and other students. Research Assistants may not perform additional work assignments such as teaching or grading.

For the duration of the assistantship, Research Assistants receive funding that includes a stipend, tuition remission for required course work, and student health insurance.

Other Expenses to Consider

Beyond what is covered by your Steinhardt Fellowship or Research Assistantship, you may have additional expenses that you should keep in mind as you plan your budget. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Late registration fees
  • Tuition for undergraduate courses
  • Tuition for graduate courses not applicable to your degree
  • Tuition for courses in excess of the total point requirement for your degree
  • Tuition for courses completed after the end of the fifth year
  • Tuition for courses and fees used to maintain official enrollment for study leading to a degree after the end of the fifth year; see doctoral student policies for more information
  • Student health insurance for students beyond the fifth year (note that students who are employed by NYU, such as Research Assistants or Adjunct Instructors, may receive health insurance as an employee benefit)

Funding & Scholarship: Graduate Programs

Financial support for ph.d. students, all students admitted into our ph.d. program receive full financial support., this support includes tuition, fees, $1,004 in transportation and dental subsidies (as of ay24-25), and a cost-of-living stipend ($3655 per month in ay23-24 and $4083 per month before taxes in ay24-25)..

Support is independent of need provided a student remains in good academic standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her Ph.D. degree. Students are expected to complete their Ph.D. requirements in four to six years. Financial support takes several forms: fellowships, teaching fellowships, and research assistantships. Ordinarily, first-year Ph.D. students are supported with full fellowships so that they can devote their time to coursework.

For the classes entering in Fall 2024 and beyond : SEAS PhD students are expected to complete two sections of teaching in SEAS in their second year or spread across their second and third years. Both sections may be completed concurrently in a single course. Their research assistantship will be adjusted accordingly during the semester(s) in which they are teaching fellow (TF). The academic requirement for the PhD degree is one section of teaching in SEAS. The student and their research advisor may arrange to replace the second section of teaching with a research assistantship. Beyond the first year, when students are in a better position to teach and assist in research, support is ordinarily provided through research assistantships, or a combination of a teaching fellowship and a research assistantship. For more detailed information, please visit the following pages: GSAS Tuition and Fees  G SAS Financial Support for PhD Students

External financial support for Ph.D. students

Applicants and current students are encouraged and expected to apply for all non-Harvard scholarships for which they are eligible, especially those offered by the  National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program  and  National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) . 

Each year, many SEAS students secure fellowships from external agencies.  Should an incoming student be awarded and accept any fellowship external to Harvard, it is the expectation that the student will utilize these funds in the first year of study in place of Harvard funding.   In advanced (G2+) years in the graduate program, students with external fellowships are advised to have a discussion with their financial aid officers from Harvard Griffin GSAS and SEAS about how to best utilize the remaining years of funding based on their activities and academic requirements.

To ensure equitable treatment of all students, the coordination of external award benefits with a student’s existing funding package is determined by the Harvard Griffin GSAS financial aid officer in consultation with SEAS.

Currently, PhD students with external support are eligible for a SEAS-sponsored academic incentive.  PhD students who bring in open, competitive external fellowships that are equal to 50% or more of total their support (tuition/fees + stipend) will receive a supplemental award of $3,000 in the first year of the external fellowship.  PhD students who bring in open external competitive external fellowships that are not 50% or more of their total support and are at least $10,000 (tuition/fees + stipend or salary) will receive a supplemental award of $1,000.  The full $3,000 bonus may also be awarded in certain cases of multi-year fellowships depending on the total amount of support provided.This policy is subject to review and change.

Financial support for terminal masters students (M.E. & S.M.)

While financial aid is not available for master’s students in our M.E. and S.M. programs, there are a variety of funding opportunities available. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for independent grants and fellowships to fund their studies.  Information about tuition and fees can be found here . Students in our Computational Science & Engineering or Data Science programs-should visit this page and also may contact the  GSAS Financial Aid Office  to learn more.

Students in the  MS/MBA:Engineering Sciences program  are eligible to apply for need-based  HBS Fellowships  and student loans in both years of the program.

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HDR Scholarship - Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) / Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPR)

The RTP scholarships are funded by the Australian Government, while the DUPR scholarships are funded by Deakin University. Both awards are available to domestic and international students. Only top-ranked applicants will be offered an RTP.

Important dates

Applications for Round 1 2025 for candidatures commencing 26 February 2025 – 1 May 2025 are now open. Full applications must be submitted by 6 October 2024. For further information, visit How to apply for a research degree .

Benefits and Duration

Stipend and Allowances Value (Terms and Conditions apply)

  • A stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 rate)
  • A relocation allowance from $500 to $1,500 (for single to family) awarded to students who are moving from interstate or overseas in order to study at Deakin
  • For international students only: Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa

Doctoral Degree Duration

  • 3 years for stipend and 4 years for the tuition fees offset

Research Master Degree Duration

  • 2 years for stipend and 2 years for the tuition fees offset

Eligibility criteria

  • To be eligible for an RTP Stipend, RTP Fees Offset, RTP Allowance or DUPRS a student must be a domestic or international student enrolled in an HDR course of study at Deakin University
  • To be eligible for an RTP Fees Offset an applicant must not be receiving an equivalent award or scholarship from the Commonwealth designed to offset HDR fees
  • To be eligible for an RTP or DUPRS Stipend a student must not be receiving income from another source to support that student’s general living costs while undertaking their course of study if that income is greater than 75 per cent of that student’s RTP or DUPRS Stipend rate. Income unrelated to the student’s course of study or income received for the student’s course of study but not for the purposes of supporting general living costs is not to be taken into account.
  • Please refer to the  research degree entry pathways page for information on admission requirements to a HDR course at Deakin University.
  • Terms and conditions for each scholarship are detailed in the Further Information section below. For information about our RTP Scholarship Policy please refer to the  Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Scholarships Procedure.

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RTP and DUPRS Stipends will be awarded to students as the result of a competitive process outlined in the ranking guidelines as below. Students receiving an RTP or DUPRS Stipend will be enrolled as on-campus full-time students.

Applicants for an RTP or DUPRS Stipend must have:

  • completed at least four years of tertiary education studies
  • have achieved 80% or equivalent in the research component of their previous study or an equivalent level of academic attainment, taking into account previous study, relevant work experience, research publications and other research experience
  • meet all other minimum entry requirements according to the Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Admission, Selection and Enrolment Procedure . Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for more information.

Currently enrolled HDR students can apply for an RTP or DUPRS Stipend and will be assessed by the Faculty/Institute. Currently enrolled students may not apply after they have completed more than 3 years of their doctoral course or 2 years of their masters course (or part-time equivalent).

For information about the RTP Fees Offset selection process and the offer process for all scholarships please refer to the  Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Scholarships Procedure.

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Boston University’s PhD programs on the Charles River Campus subscribe to a full funding model. This system guarantees all PhD students in good standing five years of stipend support, 100% tuition scholarship, and a health insurance credit. This approach reflects BU’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of researchers across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and engineering. Stipend level minimums vary by PhD program, but for the 2024-25 academic year, minimums will range from $27,318 for 8 months to $40,977 for 12 months. Students receive health insurance (the SHIP basic plan) through Aetna Student Health. Full tuition and student services fees are also covered for PhD students on the Charles River campus.

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PhD students in Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University’s School of Medicine and the School of Public Health (SPH) also enjoy a full-funding model. GMS and SPH PhD students receive a full tuition scholarship, are exempt from paying student fees, receive health insurance coverage as part of their support, and are entitled to an annual stipend. For more specific information, please visit the PhD funding sections of GMS and SPH .

PhD Stipend Extensions for Students Impacted by the COVID Pandemic

Boston University believes it is crucial to ensure that current PhD students who have had their progress impeded by the pandemic are able to complete their degrees. While individual PhD programs and the schools/colleges in which they are housed are the primary source of academic and financial support for PhD students, in rare circumstances, programs and schools/colleges may not have adequate resources to support all students whose progress has been hindered by the pandemic. For this reason, the Office of the Provost has established a fund to support PhD stipend extensions necessitated by this circumstance. Learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply .

Please note that this program will end after the 2023-2024 academic year, concluding in early spring 2024 for logistical and operational purposes.

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As you are applying for admission to the PhD program, keep in mind that your application will also serve as your scholarship application. 

All of the materials that you submit with your online application are important for the scholarship review process - especially personal statements, academic records and letters of recommendation.

The following NIH-sponsored predoctoral training grant programs are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are admitted to the Department's PhD program.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Provides predoctoral support to students interested in health care policy and health services research, specifically primary care policy.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Provides pre- and post-doctoral support to scholars who are interested in person- and family-oriented health services and outcomes research that relates to aging populations.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

1. Provides pre-doctoral support to students interested in mental health and addiction policy. 

2. Provides pre- and post-doctoral support to students who will become leaders in mental health services and systems research, jointly administered by the Department of Mental Health .

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Provides predoctoral support for students focusing on injury prevention. 

Injury and Violence Prevention Endowments

Endowed scholarships supporting doctoral study in injury and violence prevention. All are welcome to apply.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding

Provides pre- and post-doctoral support for students interested in the intersections of gun violence prevention, equity, and policy. This funding is intended to support students from historically underrepresented groups.  All are welcome to apply.

Other Sources of Funding

In addition to the above institutional funding provided by these agencies, students may also apply for individual training support (you may not receive both awards.) The individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) may provide tuition and stipend support for up to three years for doctoral candidates planning to undertake research in certain areas. Typically, applications for NRSA awards are completed during the student's first year in the doctoral program.

Once a student begins work on a dissertation proposal, the Department strongly encourages the student to seek dissertation-support funding. Government agencies and private organizations provide funding for students once they are working on an approved thesis topic.

In addition to scholarships, other sources of funding include federal aid and grants from organizations outside of the Department and School. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on loans or federal aid. Browse multiple funding resources through Funding Opportunities .

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  • Roughly 47% of first-generation doctoral students hold undergraduate student loans * , compared to only 31% of continuing-generation students.
  • About 65% of scholarships ** to help pay for higher education are offered by the college or university. Other sources of scholarships are states (37%) and non-profits or companies (35%).
  • 86% believe *** that earning a scholarship “is something to be proud of.”

“First, you get your bachelor’s degree, and you think you know everything. Then, you get your master’s degree, and you realize you don’t know anything. Then you get your doctorate, and you find out that nobody knows anything.”

While we can’t find information on who said these words, we can’t help but laugh! You, a student pursuing your doctoral degree, may even laugh at it because there’s a grain of truth to it. Your doctoral dissertation, after all, will likely be about creating new knowledge or building on old knowledge because “nobody knows anything” in a manner of speaking. 

But why are you pursuing a doctoral degree when your master’s degree will suffice for most jobs? There are even people who believe that it’s a waste of time and money for many reasons. Some people push for it because of the numerous benefits that it brings.

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So, which one’s a better perspective? A doctoral degree is about contributing to the existing body of knowledge through original research. It is considered an introduction to independent research in your chosen field, with your doctoral dissertation as the first of many intellectual masterpieces .

Let’s first take a look at the unfavorable view because there’s also some merit to it. For one thing, there’s the cost of doctoral education that, in U.S. universities, the average is $133,340 . In Ivy League universities, the cost can be higher – at Harvard University, for example, the full tuition needed for the first two years of study is $54,032, exclusive of health insurance, housing, books and supplies, and food expenses.

Yes, indeed, it isn’t cheap to get a doctoral degree in the United States , not even in one of the lesser-known universities!

In addition, there’s a sense of dissatisfaction among doctoral students. You may feel, at one point, that you’re doing slave labor, no thanks to the 10-hour workdays and low pay during your research.

Your employment prospects may also seem uncertain, considering the competition due to the oversupply of Ph.D. holders. The number of Ph.D. holders exceeds the number of employment opportunities for them, too! Such a disconnection partly stems from the high degree of specialization required to get a doctoral degree, not to mention that Ph.D. holders have high employment expectations.

Still, the number of doctoral degree holders in the U.S. has more than doubled between 2000 and 2018! In 2000, there were 2 million Ph.D. holders, and by 2018, there were already 4.5 million. Why do people pursue doctoral degrees despite the myriad of challenges that come with them?

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Here’s why.

  • You have a clear edge in getting higher positions and, thus, higher pay. Studies have shown that a Ph.D. is a contributing factor toward earning over 20% more than people with master’s degrees. In a PayScale comparison, Ph.D. holders earned $107,000 per year, on average, while master’s degree holders earned $84,000 .
  • Your specialized knowledge and skills are highly marketable. You will likely enjoy a flexible career path, whether you choose a career in public service or the private sector. Your career will also be characterized by the highest lifetime earning potential and the lowest unemployment rate! Your Ph.D. training will also strengthen your critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • You will be a recognized knowledge creator, a rare skill sought after by society and employers, too. You have gained both the discipline and ability to search for, introduce, and defend new knowledge, even under the most stringent scrutiny. Your competencies will lead to a leadership position as you gain respect and prestige.

Are you still worried about the financial expenses of getting a Ph.D. in your field? We completely understand that $ 50,000 plus per year plus the difficulties of juggling work, studies, and family responsibilities will break a person. But you can achieve your doctoral degree through scholarships and grants!

This isn’t a new concept either, as millions of Ph.D. holders have also achieved such a lofty goal. Many of them have been scholars and fellows for most, if not all, of their studies – and it’s a path you can take, too, with plenty of planning and networking.

You have dozens, if not hundreds, of scholarship and fellowship opportunities in your field of study, not to mention the ones offered without restrictions as to the field of study. The trick here is to diligently look for these opportunities, applying to as many as you are qualified for, and complying with the requirements.

You may have to apply every semester or academic year for a new scholarship or fellowship, but it’s worth the time and effort. You could be lucky and be one whose studies were financed through scholarships and grants from year one, although luck has little to do with it because you spent time looking and qualifying for the scholarships you deserve!

Here, we present you with 50 of the Best Scholarships and Fellowships for Doctoral Students that we think are worthy of your consideration.

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April 2024 Deadline

IBRO Travel Grants

  • Type of Scholarship: Annual
  • Amount: $2,500 
  • Deadline of Application: April 30, 2024

IBRO Travel Grants support PhD students and early-career post-doctoral neuroscientists by covering travel and local expenses for conferences. Preference is given to under-resourced, less well-funded countries. Nevertheless, students studying and residing in the United States can still apply for the grant. 

ScholarshipOwl No Essay Scholarship

  • Amount: Up to $50,000 (shared)
  • Deadline of Application: April 29, 2024 

The ScholarshipOwl No Essay Scholarship is available to all types of students, including PhDs. Applicants can win multiple awards with a $50,000 scholarship, with four monthly winners earning $1,000 each and two additional winners in December 2024. Applicants must be residents of any 50 United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories, except for Rhode Island and Michigan.

May 2024 Deadline

Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award

  • Amount: $200 + plaque
  • Deadline of Application: May 1, 2024 

AIChE is the leading global organization for chemical engineering professionals. It boasts over 60,000 members from 110 countries and administers over 60 awards, including monetary prizes, certificates, and medals. The $200 award may seem small, but the benefits extend far beyond its monetary value.

This award honors outstanding graduate scholars in separations, recognizing their contributions to fundamentals and applications and awarding a plaque. Recipients gain recognition within the field, enhancing their professional credibility and giving them access to new opportunities. 

“Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

  • Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable)
  • Amount: $25,055
  • Deadline of Application: May 1, 2024

Bold.org offers a $25,000 “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship to students with the boldest profiles. The scholarship is based on the characteristics of being earnest, determined, and moving. It is similar to many easy scholarships available on Bold.org and will be awarded to students who apply earlier. The scholarship is open to students at any education level, state, field of study, and GPA.

Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarship

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline of Application: May 27, 2024, 1:00 PM

The Valuing Diversity PhD scholarship program was made to encourage underrepresented populations to attend marketing doctoral programs. The amount given to applicants depends on the program’s funding and the number of recipients. If you’ve applied for this scholarship opportunity before, you can still reapply. 

Applicants should be enrolled in and have completed at least one year of an on-campus AACSB-accredited marketing or advertising doctoral program. Two signed letters of recommendation are required.

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

  • Type of Scholarship: Annual (Non-renewable) 
  • Amount: $25,000 
  • Deadline of Application: May 1, 2024 (for January 1 and June 30, 2025 projects) November 1, 2024 (for July 1 to December 31, 2025 projects)

Applicants must be on-campus enrollees of an AACSB-accredited marketing or advertising doctorate and have completed at least one year. Two signed letters of recommendation are required.

Independent Research Awards (pediatric cardiology)

  • Type of Scholarship: Annual (Renewable)
  • Amount: $150,000 up to 2 years
  • Deadline of Application: May 22, 2024 (letters of intent); and September 11, 2024 (full application)

The Children’s Heart Foundation funds research affecting patients with congenital heart disease. This award is given to doctoral students in clinical cardiology, translational research, and population science. It gives priority to researchers focusing on advancing the diagnosing, treating, and preventing congenital heart defects.

ASH Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Amount: $5,000 
  • Deadline of Application: May 22, 2024

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation offers Graduate Student Scholarships for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders. These scholarships include International Student Scholarships, Minority Student Scholarships, and NSSLHA Scholarships for racial or ethnic minority students.

Applicants must be accepted in U.S. graduate communication sciences and disorders programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation. They must be full-time students for the entire academic year.

Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science

  • Deadline of Application: May 24, 2024 

The American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science supports students completing dissertations on atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences. This fellowship aims to foster close working relations and provide a $20,000 stipend for one year. Applicants must submit a cover letter, transcripts, a detailed dissertation topic description, and three letters of recommendation.

Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline of Application: May 31, 2024

Although less known, the sheep industry is a big contributor to the country’s economy. The Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship, administered by the American Sheep Industry Association, is a large program for students pursuing sheep-related studies. This Fund is given out yearly to those dedicated to helping advance the U.S. sheep industry, wool, and lamb.

Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, involvement in sheep and wool research, and be enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. institution.

June 2024 Deadline

John Santos Distinguished Program Development in Clinical Gerontology Award

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline of Application: June 1, 2024

John Santos, a retired Retirement Research Fund board member, established an award in 2009 to honor the contributions of psychologists and students working with older adults. Candidates must be nominated and endorsed by a division member, providing a letter of nomination, CV, evidence of impact, and two additional letters of support.

Kay F. Fullwood Northeast Florida Geriatric Nursing Scholarship Fund

The scholarship is open to nursing students in Northeast Florida enrolled in an accredited graduate program focusing on geriatrics and practicing geriatric N.P.s in an accredited DNP program. 

Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant

  • Type of Scholarship: Annual 

The grant, established by Henry and Sylvia Richardson, offers research funds to post-doctoral ESA members with at least one year of experience in insect control. The recipient must be an ESA member and a highly skilled scholar working with insect control methods like attractants, repellents, biological controls, thermocontrols, or chemical controls.

F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline of Application: June 5, 2024

The F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award supports research on mental function and understanding the mind from behavioral and neural perspectives. The award is open to any area of behavioral or brain science. Applicants must meet specific criteria: quality, viability, originality, competence, and resource allocation. Candidates must have finished their PhD candidacy and received committee approval for their dissertation.

Aylesworth Scholarship 

  • Deadline of Application: June 12, 2024

The Aylesworth Scholarship offers support to students enrolled in universities across Florida. Eligible applicants can pursue research in any academic field that pertains to marine sciences, provided their institution participates in the Florida Sea Grant program. 

To qualify, candidates must be U.S. residents, actively seeking a doctoral degree, and studying disciplines such as ocean science, biology, engineering, economics, marine science, or food science. Additionally, applicants must be full-time students attending a Florida-based institution and demonstrate financial need to be considered for this scholarship.

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship  

  • Deadline of Application: June 15, 2024

This is one of the most inclusive scholarships, open to U.S. students with U.S. citizenship or a valid Visa/U.S. passport. However, because recipients are picked through a random draw, those affiliating with Niche cannot apply. This includes employees, officers, directors, and their children, grandchildren, or those affiliated with Niche’s other partnering organizations. 

This scholarship is also only applicable to students planning to study in one of Niche’s listed colleges .

Wayne F. Placek Grants

  • Amount: Up to $15,000

The Wayne F. Placek Grant, which has been awarded over $1 million since 1995, aims to enhance public understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation. It helps fund research and initiatives for doctoral students that focus on alleviating stress experienced by the LGBTQ community. This includes addressing prejudice, discrimination, and underrepresentation in scientific research.

APF welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including doctoral-level researchers and graduate students, and encourages early career researchers and graduate students.

CVS Health / AACP Community Pharmacy Health Equity Award for Student Pharmacists

  • Amount: $20,000 
  • Deadline of Application: June 16, 2024

This award is given to 21 students annually who demonstrate high academic performance and those who overcome financial barriers. Underrepresented minority, disabled, and military service students are encouraged to apply. The award recognizes leadership, academic success, and commitment to patient care in underserved communities.

The Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship

  • Amount: Up to $10,000

Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship offers graduate students the opportunity to research contemporary LGBTQIA+ issues, aiming to dispel stereotypes and negative information contributing to prejudice and discrimination. Intersectional stigmas will be prioritized in 2024. It offers a $10,000 fund for each recipient, with a $1,000 bonus upon publication. 

Applicants must have begun their doctoral studies in a regionally accredited university. They must submit a dissertation abstract, statement of need, and CV.

ONS Foundation Josh Gottheil Memorial Stem Cell Transplant Development Award

Josh’s Fund, established in 1994, awards educational grants to oncology nurses to support their professional development. It also establishes endowments for emotional and mental support. 

Among ONF’s several awards is the Josh Gottheil Memorial Stem Cell Transplant Development. It aims to offer financial assistance to non-advanced practice-level registered nurses in stem cell transplantation and bone marrow. Applicants must have one or more years in practice.

Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline of Application: June 2024

The Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award is given annually to periodontology residents who are advancing clinical therapies in periodontal regeneration. U.S. students in their second and third years of periodontal residency are eligible for this award. Applicants must also have completed original research and published a manuscript advancing periodontal regeneration clinical therapies.

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships

  • Amount: $30,000 up to 400,000 (international coursework or research of up to 4 years)
  • Deadline of Application: June 30, 2024

The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships program is open to full-time Ph.D. students involved in peace and conflict prevention or resolution, disease prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation. Applications can be made via a local Rotary Club chapter, and the chapter must sponsor non-Rotarians applying for the scholarship. The chapter creates the applicants’ initial application, and the latter then completes the online scholar profile.

The amount can be used for various costs, including passport/visa, travel expenses, tuition and other fees, vaccinations, school supplies, room and board, and household supplies. Application is year-round. However, scholarship applications for August, September, or October studies must be submitted by 30 June.  

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July 2024 Deadline

Marketing Research Grant

  • Deadline of Application: July 15, 2024

Offered by the Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc., this Marketing Research Grant is applicable to students enrolled in an AACSB-accredited program. It gives priority to applicants who are focused on scientific research and knowledge production in business administration. 

Marian R. Stuart Grant

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline of Application: July 10, 2024

The APF Marian R. Stuart Grant offers up to 20,000 USD to early-career researchers researching mental and physical health. While APF welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, preference is given to psychologists in medical schools.

MNF Ph.D. Research Grants

  • Deadline of Application: July 12, 2024

The Mississippi Nurses Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises, accepts, and distributes charitable donations to enhance Mississippi’s professional nursing and overall health. Among its scholarships is the MNF Ph.D. Research Grants, which aim to help nursing professionals complete their original research. Applicants must be in good standing in a PhD Nursing program in Mississippi, a Mississippi resident, and a Mississippi Nurses Association member.

August 2024 Deadline

Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk Veteran Scholarship

  • Deadline of Application: Opens May 1, 2024, ends August 31, 2024 

The Harold and Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of Brigadier General Albin F. Irzyk, renowned for his World War II and Vietnam War achievements. This scholarship program accepts applicants from online and on-campus AACSB-accredited degree programs. It is awarded to an exceptional veteran applicant, chosen by the review committee from the finalists.

Carole Bailey Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline of Application: September 18, 2024

The Carole Bailey Scholarship is offered by the AccessLex Institute, an organization focused on promoting quality legal education for purpose-driven students. This scholarship program, awarded annually to ABA-accredited law students, provides up to $5,000 for those committed to public service in a legal career.

September 2024 Deadline

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Fellowships 

  • Deadline of Application: Opens September 2024

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is a leading institution preserving and studying East European Jewry’s history and culture. The institute offers several fellowship programs to encourage more students to pursue research in the field and contribute to YIVO’s archives and library collections.

$5,000 awards: 

  • YIVO – Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship: Available for postgraduate researchers studying Eastern European Jewish arts, theater, and music. 
  • YIVO- Dora and Meyer Tendler Fellowship: Available for student researchers of American Jewish history and the Jewish labor movement. 
  • YIVO- Abraham and Rachela Melezin Memorial Fellowship: The scholarship supports original doctoral research in Baltic Jewish studies for 2-3 months.
  • YIVO-  Workmen’s Circle/Dr. Emanuel Patt Visiting Professorship: Offered to postgraduate Eastern European Jewish Studies students. This can be combined with other YIVO fellowships. 

$3,000 awards: 

  • YIVO Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz Memorial Fellowship: Available for East European Jewish Literature researchers.
  • YIVO Dina Abramowicz Emerging Scholar Fellowship: Intended for post-doctoral research focus on Eastern European Jewish Studies.
  • YIVO Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowship: The Fund supports research on Polish-Jewish history, including modern relations, the Holocaust, and Jewish contributions to Polish literature and culture.

Every fellow is also required to deliver a public lecture regarding their research. The research period should be between 2 and 3 months only. Interested applicants should submit a written summary of their respective research on acceptable topics.

YIVO – Fellowship in East European Jewish Studies

  • Amount: $18,000 stipend 
  • Deadline of Application: Opens in September 2024

The combined Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship and the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship come with many benefits. Aside from the financial stipend, three months of free access to the YIVO Library and Archives are also offered for research. They, on the other hand, will be required to deliver at least two public lectures on Jewish studies.

October 2024 Deadline

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF)

  • Amount: Varies 
  • Deadline of Application: Opens October 1, 2024

NEF offers several scholarship opportunities for doctoral students in the field of nursing, many of which are the result of endowments by notable nursing practitioners who want to support the continued education of professional nurses. 

  • The NEF/Johnson and Johnson Health Equity Scholarship program promotes the research, advocacy and clinical practice of nursing professionals interested in underrepresented groups and addressing the health inequalities and disparities in these populations. 
  • The AJN/Thelma Schorr Scholarship program has a preference for nurses with nursing leadership potential. 
  • The Cynthia Davis Sculco Scholarship permanent program awarded scholarships to nurses studying nursing education at the doctoral level. 
  • The M. Elizabeth Carnegie African American Scholarship program is for black nurses in doctoral degree programs. 

American Cancer Society Post-doctoral Fellowships

  • Amount: Up to $66,000
  • Deadline of Application: Oct. 15, 2024

ACS, the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit organization funding scientists and doctorates studying cancer, offers grants and fellowships managed by the Extramural Discovery Science (EDS) team. The Post-doctoral Fellowships are designed to help new investigators in research training programs, preparing them for independent careers in cancer research. Program funding includes

  • progressive stipends of up to $70k for up to 3 years,
  • an annual fellowship allowance of $4k, and
  • a $1,500 travel fund. 

The application is open to U.S. citizens or non-citizens with an appropriate visa and within four years of obtaining a doctoral degree.

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November 2024 Deadline

NCTM & AMTE Early Career Research Grant

  • Amount: $10,000 each, maximum 
  • Deadline of Application: November 1, 2024 

Granted in partnership with Eugene P. & Clara M. Smith Mathematics Education Research Fund, the Early Career Research Grant accepts applications from doctoral candidates pursuing math education degrees. The grant must be used in supporting their doctoral research project, preferably projects that bridge research and practice. 

Note that early career math educators or those who have completed either an EdD or PhD in math education or other related fields within the past five years are eligible to apply. Doctoral students will only be considered if they have advanced to candidacy status in accredited programs. 

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship

  • Amount: $5,000/month (Long-term fellowship for 4-9 months); $5,000/month (Short-term fellowship for a month only)
  • Deadline of Application: November 1, 2024 (Long-term fellowship); December 15, 2024 (Short-term fellowship)

The American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship is intended for scholars in the early stages of their careers who are involved in American Indian studies, specifically research in the Newberry Consortium collections. Doctoral students are welcome to apply. The monthly stipend can be used for a wide range of education-related expenses, too.

Fellows receive the NCAIS research carrel and other fellowship privileges, as well as perform responsibilities related to their research. These include research presentations, seminar participation, and consultation with other NCAIS Graduate Student Fellows.

AIA Fellowship for Study in the U.S.

  • Deadline of Application: November 1, 2024

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) offers post-doctoral research fellowships for archaeologists working at Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) or its project collaborators. The fellowships are for either fall 2024 or spring 2025 in selected universities, including the University of Cincinnati, the Joukowsky Institute at Brown University, or the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Fellows are provided with financial support for travel expenses, a stipend for living expenses, and residency at a university housing or rental housing, as well as library privileges. The residency lasts for 2-3 months only, during which time the Fellows are expected to give a minimum of one lecture at their respective host university. 

Applications should include a duly filled-up online application form, a curriculum vitae, and two references, among others.

National Gem Consortium Ph.D. Engineering Fellowship

  • Amount: $16,000 living stipend for the first academic year plus a paid summer internship
  • Deadline of Application: November 8, 2024

The National GEM Consortium in Engineering Fellowship is open to Ph.D. students belonging to the minority, and who have been accepted into a doctoral program straight from a bachelor’s degree program or who have earned a master’s in Engineering. Fellows can be enrolled in any of the participating GEM member universities. 

The above-mentioned stipend applies to the first academic year of fellowship for a Ph.D. Engineering/Science Fellow. After that, the fellow will enjoy a continued living stipend up to the fifth year of Ph.D. studies through a combination of alternative funding sources. The fellow will also have his tuition and fees paid for by the GEM university member.

American Association of University Women American Fellowship Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants

  • Amount: $8,000–$50,000
  • Deadline of Application: November 30, 2024

The Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant is the oldest female-specific scholarship program for graduate students. Of course, only female graduate students are considered, and they must either be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should also be available for eight consecutive weeks during the summer.

The American Association of University Women’s selection committee applies strict criteria in choosing the annual crop of scholars. The criteria include academic excellence, project originality, project design quality, project scholarly significance to the discipline, and project feasibility. The applicant’s qualifications are also considered.

History of Art Institutional Fellowships

  • Amount: $30,000
  • Deadline of Application: November 30, 2024 at 5 PM EST

Devoted to studying European art, architecture, and archaeology heritage, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation chooses six applicants each year to receive up to $30,000 worth of research grants. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program focused on antiquity to the early 19th century. They should also be completing all higher degree work except dissertation.  

Patty and Paul Levi Research Award

The Patty and Paul Levi Research Award, offered by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, grants a predoctoral student or students annually. They should be doing research related to preventative periodontology under faculty supervision. The applicant can apply post-graduation, provided their research was conducted during predoctoral studies, and must submit their current C.V.s. 

December 2024 Deadline

SMART Scholarship Program

  • Amount: Up to $46,000
  • Deadline of Application: December 1, 2024

SMART, a Department of Defense-funded scholarship program, provides full tuition, stipends, and guaranteed employment for STEM students pursuing degrees in 24 disciplines. It aims to increase underrepresented students’ participation in the DoD STEM workforce, particularly for high school seniors in Historically Black colleges and universities.

Norman S. Baldwin Fishery Science Scholarship

Norman S. Baldwin, the inaugural executive secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, guided the organization for 15 years until his untimely passing in 1971. The Norman S. Baldwin Fishery Science Scholarship seeks to inspire talented graduate students to pursue advanced research in fishery biology and Great Lakes science, prioritizing scientific excellence and innovative inquiry.

The chosen candidates will be awarded $3,000 scholarships each, with the Awards Committee distributing them as needed. Applicants must be master’s or Ph.D. students with relevant research topics who have not been previously awarded. 

David M. Dolan Scholarship

  • Amount: $1,000 
  • Deadline of Application: December 1, 2024 

David M. Dolan’s scholarship, which started in 2014, honors students conducting graduate research in statistics, mathematical modeling, data analysis, or quantitative decision support to advance the understanding and management of Great Lakes ecosystems. The scholarship is open to exceptional students whose graduate research aligns with Dr. Dolan’s work on Great Lakes ecosystems but not relatives of IAGLR officers or directors.

Applicants must submit an extended abstract and a brief title for their proposed research. It should highlight how the study of the Great Lakes relates to the use of applied environmental statistics and modeling. In addition to the $3,000, recipients will receive a one-year membership in the IAGLR.

Lawren H. Daltroy Preceptorship in Health Communication

  • Amount: Up to $15,000 per year 
  • Deadline of Application: December 2, 2024 by 5 PM EST

The Lawren H. Daltroy Preceptorship in Health Communication from the Rheumatology Research Foundation supports student, researcher, and clinician training in rheumatology. They are among the top supporters of those who dedicate their studies to enhancing patient-clinician interactions and communications. 

Eligible candidates include trainees, junior researchers, and health professionals without funding. Projects must address patient-clinician interactions and communications, including small-scale research, curriculum creation, participation in education, patient-facing materials, health literacy/numeracy studies, and shared decision-making in healthcare settings.

AWWA Abel Wolman Scholarship

  • Amount: $30,000 for one year (If necessary, a fellow can apply and be approved for the second year of financial support)
  • Deadline of Application: December 2024

Students who are pursuing advanced training and research, including doctoral studies in water supply and treatment and its related fields, can apply for the Abel Wolman Fellowship. The doctoral fellowship provides financial support for up to two years to an outstanding student. Applications can be sent to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and more information can be seen on its site.

AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarships

  • Amount: $7,000/student

Made in honor of Dr. Larson, the Larson Aquatic Research Support (LARS) scholarship is available for outstanding doctoral students engaged in the fields of science and engineering. The selection committee chooses one doctoral student every year for the scholarship, with an emphasis on excellent academics and leadership potential.

Applications must include a resume, official transcripts, three recommendation letters, and GRE scores as well as a course of study. Be sure to submit your research plans, too, with your application.

Martin Frank Diversity Travel Awards

  • Amount: Up to $1,500 in travel support 
  • Deadline of Application: December 8, 2024

The Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award program aims to increase participation in physiological sciences among trainees and early career faculty from historically underrepresented backgrounds. It provides travel awards to students and professionals interested in attending the American Physiology Summit. Recipients receive travel reimbursement, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The program is open to specific underrepresented populations defined by the NIH .

National Gem Consortium Ph.D. Science Scholarship

  • Amount: $16,000 living stipend plus a paid summer internship

The National Gem Consortium’s PhD Science Scholarship is exclusive for students belonging to the minority in their first year of doctoral studies. Applicants should be pursuing a natural science discipline, such as earth science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and computer science. The scholarship applies to an accredited GEM member university.

Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship or legal residency. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and get promising GRE scores.

Frances C. Allen Fellowship

  • Amount: $3,000 per month (1-2 month’s duration)
  • Deadline of Application: December 15, 2024

The Frances C. Allen Fellowship is exclusive to women of American Indian heritage. Applicants must be engaged in studies related to the Newberry Research Library’s collections, and the fellow must use the resources at the Chicago, Illinois, library. Applicants should also write to the library for more details, although application forms are available on the official website.

Gil Kushner Memorial Travel Award

  • Amount: $750 in travel support 
  • Deadline of Application: December 20, 2024

Gilbert Kushner was key in establishing applied anthropology as a graduate discipline. Gil has made USF’s Department of Anthropology among the most thriving applied research centers. The $750 travel expense award is given annually to a select few who want to attend the SfAA annual meeting.

Sallie Mae Scholarship

  • Deadline of Application: December 31, 2024

Sallie Mae has launched a scholarship program for employees’ children pursuing college education. The program offers renewable scholarships for full-time study at an accredited institution, with eligibility determined by the sponsor. The scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States.

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Lou Hochberg Thesis and Dissertation Awards 

  • Type of Scholarship: Continuous
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline of Application: Continuous

While the Lou Hochberg scholarship’s $1,000 grant isn’t much, its eligibility requirements are relatively easy to comply with. The essays submitted should focus on the social, biophysical, and experimental aspects of Wilhelm Reich’s discoveries. These are then judged based on their clarity, merit, and accuracy, and there’s no deadline for submissions.

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As a PhD student, funding is essential and can come from a variety of sources including assistantships, training grants and fellowships. Not all PhD students are fully funded and it's important to explore your funding options.

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Assistantships and traineeships.

Graduate, teaching and research assistantships are offered each year in a competitive process to highly qualified PhD students. All full-time, fully funded PhD students on 10-month TA/RA/GA and 12-month appointments receive a minimum campus stipend. Read more about the PhD Excellence Initiative below .

Traineeships are supported by federal training grants from agencies like NIH and NSF, and typically include tuition/fee remission, stipend and health insurance. They are awarded upon admission to a doctoral program. To inquire about training grants, check with your graduate program.

Fellowships

Fellowships are grants that you do not have to pay back and generally involve no work obligations. There are both internal and external awards available.

Presidential, Graduate and Schomburg fellowships, listed below , are awarded in addition to any GA/RA/TA that is awarded.

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Students seeking financial aid to assist with educational costs should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The FAFSA asks for general identification and income information to determine your eligibility for all financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government. Remember to add UB's Federal School Code (SUNY at Buffalo—002837).

Grants are an essential element and should be prioritized at every stage of your career, from your graduate program, to the job search and beyond. Not only do they provide the funds for your work and allow you to establish credibility within your field of study, but they look excellent on your CV. If you plan to stay in academia, remember that you will be writing grants throughout your career.

To help you meet the expenses of a graduate education, there are loan programs available. A loan is money that you borrow which must be repaid, often with interest. There are several kinds of loans available to graduate students.

Scholarships

UB's Scholarship Portal is a smart shortcut to apply for philanthropic scholarships. To access the portal and apply, you must be an enrolled student at the University at Buffalo. Log in and complete one application annually to be considered for multiple opportunities.

University-wide Awards

Arthur a. schomburg fellowship program.

The Arthur A. Schomburg (Schomburg) Fellowship is a graduate fellowship program for eligible underrepresented students who pursue graduate study on a full time basis at the University at Buffalo. The Schomburg fellowship is intended to support high achieving doctoral and professional students in pursuit of terminal degrees.

Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP)

The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) is a New York State-sponsored program for New York residents who are both academically and economically disadvantaged. State funding for this program is extremely limited.

The Graduate School Fellowship

The Graduate School Fellowship helps fund outstanding graduate students at UB. To be eligible, a nominee must be a new applicant to a PhD program and must be appointed as a full teaching, graduate or research assistant.

Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential Fellowship offers outstanding prospective graduate students an elite fellowship package to the top 10% incoming enrolled doctoral students each academic year. 

WNY Prosperity Fellowship

The Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship Program assists graduate students at UB with an entrepreneurial drive who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth in the Western New York area.

PhD Excellence Initiative

The PhD Excellence Initiative is a multi-year program designed to enhance the education of the next generation of scholars and researchers through program reviews and creation of academic plans to ensure stronger outcomes. This initiative enables academic units to provide students with funding packages that are nationally competitive and will remain competitive over time. 

All full-time, fully funded PhD students on 10-month TA/RA/GA appointments receive a minimum of $23,000 for academic year stipends. Full-time, fully funded PhD students on 12-month appointments receive $29,900 as the campus minimum stipend.

The university will centrally fund comprehensive fees on a recurring basis for TA and GA appointments only. 

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The average yearly tuition for a PhD program is slightly above $16,000, which means students will invest about $80,000 in tuition fees alone for a five-year program. Add in fees, cost-of-living, travel expenses and the figure can easily surpass six figures. Yet, it is possible to fund a PhD program without breaking the bank and going into debt.

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The value of a college education should not be understated, but neither should its actual cost. Earning a doctoral degree can be an expensive proposition. According to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition and fees for a graduate program of study was $16,435 in 2012-2013. The table below outlines the 2012-2013 graduate tuition and fees by academic institution.

  • All Institutions $16,435
  • Public $10,408
  • Private Non-Profit $23,698
  • Private For-Profit $14,418

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

A rough calculation of the number of years it takes to complete a doctoral program, multiplied by the average 2012-2013 tuition and fees from the NCES, reveals the following total cost figures by academic field of study.

Academic Field Median Years to Completion Tuition
11.7 $121,774
9.2 $95,754
7.7 $80,142
6.9 $71,815
6.6 $68,693
6.5 $67,652

A five- to six-figure education is something to take seriously as there are debt implications after leaving finishing a PhD program. Graduating doctoral students in 2013 left school with an average debt of just over $15,000, according to the National Science Foundation. By field, students in the Social Sciences, Education and Humanities graduate with the highest levels of student debt:

  • Education: $26,566
  • Social Sciences: $26,222
  • Humanities: $21,485

Conversely, the science and technology fields graduate students with the lowest debt figures:

  • Physical Sciences: $6,342
  • Engineering: $7,031
  • Life Sciences: $11,905
  • Physical Sciences 78.2%
  • Engineering 75.1%
  • Life Sciences 67.2%
  • Humanities 48.4%
  • Social Sciences 46.5%
  • Education 44.1%

Source: National Science Foundation, Survey of Earned Doctorates, 2013

While these figures may seem alarming, a deeper dive into survey data from the National Science Foundation actually paints a more positive picture. Overall, more than 62 percent of all doctoral recipients graduate from school without a single dollar of debt.

Prospective students can use the table below to get a better sense of the percentage of students who take on debt at incremental levels in each field of academic study. A majority of students graduate with $10,000 or less in debt after finishing their doctoral degree.

PhD Cost Factors

The total cost of earning a doctoral degree is variable because of the sheer number of different factors involved. Tuition is not the only cost to consider when thinking about applying to a PhD program.

Typically, students pay full tuition rates during their first three years of doctoral study and receive reduced tuition rates for the remainder of the program. However, the actual cost of tuition does vary and may be dependent on the student’s actual degree program.

Graduate students pay a range of fees, with the most common including:

  • Health Services (access to health facilities on campus)
  • Health Insurance (personal health insurance)
  • Student Activity (subsidizes athletics and other clubs)
  • Student Recreation (access to recreational facilities on campus)

Some programs estimate students should be prepared to pay between $3,000 and $4,500 per academic year in student fees and health insurance costs.

Students with a master’s degree or coursework in a similar graduate program may be able to transfer credits into their doctoral program. That can lower the total number of credits required to graduate, which can lower the total cost of the degree. However, some institutions do limit the amount of tuition credits that can be applied for graduate work done in a related field at other institutions.

Whether or not the student has an assistantship does not affect the cost of textbooks and other academic materials. Books are a revolving charge, one a student should plan upon each semester or quarter.

Housing, utilities and food are considered indirect expenses students incur during their education. PhD students should plan on anywhere from $12,000 to $25,000 and up for living expenses each year. Again, this figure is highly variable based on the location of the university and the cost-of-living in that area.

Owning a car means additional budgeting for insurance, car payments and gas. Additionally, students may need to travel for conferences and research. Without funding from a graduate student association or grant program, the student will have to cover these costs individually.

PhD students with children may have to account for childcare costs. Purchasing a new computer and other supplies may also be required. This type of budgeting will vary from individual to individual, program to program.

Most PhD programs allow students to progress at their own pace, requiring them to complete and defend their dissertation within a certain time period (e.g. six years). However, the time it takes to complete a dissertation depends on the student, area of study, research, etc. This can impact cost of attending a doctoral program.

Example Cost of Attendance

A student’s budget should include the total cost of attendance—that is both direct (tuition and fees) and indirect costs (e.g. housing). This budget is the starting point for determining the student’s financial need, how much financial aid they require, and if they can afford to attend a doctoral program. Below is a sample five-year total cost of attendance chart based on an in-state tuition program, with a budget that assumes fixed costs for fees and indirect costs, such as housing. It also does not take into account assistantships and tuition waivers for assistants.

Based on a figure that’s slightly below the 2012-2013 average graduate tuition cost, the total cost of attendance can still produce sticker shock. An average student in a program that charges $12,000 per year in tuition could have to pay between $30,000 and $45,000 year in total costs.

Costs Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total Cost of Attendance
$12,654 $12,654 $12,654 $3,658 $3,658 $45,278
$279 $279 $279 $279 $279 $1,395
$2,390 $2,390 $2,390 $2,390 $2,390 $11,950
$34 $34 $34 $34 $34 $170
$15 $15 $15 $15 $15 $75
$26 $26 $26 $26 $26 $130
$1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
$14,578 $14,578 $14,578 $14,578 $14,578 $72,890
$7,275 $7,275 $7,275 $7,275 $7,275 $36,375
$1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $8,000
$3,154 $3,154 $3,154 $3,154 $3,154 $15,770
$43,305 $43,305 $43,305 $34,309 $34,309 $198,533

PhD FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS

Prospective PhD candidates have an abundance of financial aid options to help fund their graduate studies. Typically, students are fully funded by a combination of sources, including scholarships, fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or student loans.

It is important for students to note that most sources of aid are awarded by individual academic programs, so they should follow-up with their department for up-to-date information.

Below is a high-level overview of the common types of graduate financial aid.

Prospective PhD candidates can turn to a variety of funding sources, including scholarships, grants, and fellowships to support their education financially. As discussed, most students use a combination of one or more of these funding sources to finance their degree program and research.

PhD students can apply for a variety of scholarships that award students with funds that can be used to help cover the cost of tuition, books and other fees.

Grants are similar to scholarships and are academic-based awards that can be used to augment other sources of financial aid.

Fellowships are a different type of funding that may encompass a scholarship or grant and can be used to fund research, study and teaching in the US and internationally. Many fellowships provide full tuition and a yearly stipend to students.

A PhD should never be an end in itself but rather a means to an end. The path to a PhD is an arduous one and should never be undertaken without serious thought to what it will bring the student. That said, there is money available for graduate study in most fields, and a student in the humanities should be very careful to apply to appropriate programs which fund their grad students.

  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences

The SMART program is designed to support graduate students studying in STEM disciplines and offers a range of other benefits, including supplies and health insurance allowances and employment placement services with the DoD after graduation.

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is a three-year graduate fellowship that is designed to support doctoral students across fifteen engineering disciplines.

This three-year fellowship program supports the research efforts of doctoral students in STEM-related fields of study and allows them to pursue their work at any accredited graduate program in the country.

Renewable award for graduate students enrolled in a full-time APA-accredited doctoral program of study in psychology. Underrepresented, minority students are encouraged to apply.

This fellowship is open to female scholars and is designed to help offset the doctoral student’s living expenses during her final year of working on a dissertation.

This fellowship is a single-year of funding that is designed to support the doctoral research of a student working in child psychology.

The Javits Fellowship is provided on a needs- and competitive-basis to graduate students pursing graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Two fellowships are awarded to support doctoral students who plan to study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece for a year.

The Richard M. Weaver Scholarship is open to graduate student members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and supports the academic work of scholars pursuing teaching careers at the college level.

The AICPA fellowship is designed for minority students pursuing or planning to pursue a doctorate in accounting.

Five scholarships are available to provide financial assistance to graduate students pursuing studies in accounting and plan on earning CPA licensure.

This fellowship provides financial support to female scholars conducting research and economic analysis into natural resource, food, or agricultural issues.

This renewable, four-year fellowship is designed to support a scholar’s work in the field of stewardship science: nuclear science, high density physics, and materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics.

This multi-year fellowship supports doctoral research in several fields, ranging from chemistry to geology, materials science to physics and connects fellows with NPSC employer partners.

The NWRI fellowship program is open to full-time doctoral students conducting water-based research in areas such as water quality, water treatment and technologies, water supplies and water resources.

Really think about your reasons for getting a PhD. Critically exam the support systems you have in place to get you through the journey: 50 percent of doctoral students suffer from depression. Utilize services like the counseling center on your college/university campuses to help you respond to the stressors that may occur with the transition.

ASSISTANTSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND LOANS

Graduate assistantships.

Graduate assistantships are a form of academic appointment and are provided by individual departments. Competitive in nature, they are typically awarded on the basis of the student’s academic accomplishments and potential in the graduate program of study. Most programs provide appointments for one year at time and students receive a tuition credit or waiver and monthly stipend. There are three types of assistantships: Teaching Assistantships, Assistant Lecturers, and Research Assistants.

Teaching assistants perform a range of support duties for faculty members at a university, including grading papers and teaching classes.

Lecturers may serve as instructors in the academic department where they are studying.

Research assistants conduct and assist faculty members with research projects in the student’s area of interest.

Fellowships

Fellowships are short-term funding opportunities (typically 9- to 12 months) provided to students in the form of tuition credits and/or stipends. They support a student’s graduate study in their field of choice, may assist them in their research, or gain professional training in an area of interest. Fellowships are competitive and are available in two types: University-based and External.

Individual schools, colleges, and departments at a university (e.g. College of Science, Department of English) may have endowed fellowships. Students are either nominated for an award by their department or may be open to an application process.

External fellowships are funded by foundations, government agencies and other groups and provide opportunities to study both in the US and abroad. For example, the Department of Defense offers the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship to engineering students studying in one of sixteen engineering specialties.

Corporations

Many companies and businesses have created scholarship, fellowship, and tuition reimbursement programs for their employees. Depending on the company, there may be a possibility it supports the graduate school efforts of its employees. Speak to the Human Resources department to learn more about the potential funding avenues available.

Graduate students may borrow funds from the federal government under two loan programs: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and the Federal Perkins Loan Program.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan Federal Perkins Loan
Available to PhD student who are enrolled at least half-time. No need to demonstrate financial need. Doctoral students who are enrolled either part- or full-time, demonstrate financial need, and attend an approved institution that participates in the Federal Perkins Loan Program.
Loans issued between July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016 will have a 5.84% interest rate for graduate students. 5%
Loans issued between October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016 will have a 1.068% loan fee. None
$20,500 per year $8,000
$138,500 and no more than $65,500 may be taken out in subsidized loans. This total also includes any loans secured during undergraduate study. $60,000, which includes loans secured as an undergraduate student.

Private financial institutions, including banks and credit unions, offer unsecured educational loans to graduate students. These loans must be repaid with interest. The interest rates, loan amount, and repayment terms are based on the credit worthiness of the borrower.

Federal work study provides students with demonstrated financial need part-time job opportunities that allow them to earn income while they are in graduate school. The program focuses on placing students in community service situations related to the student’s academic course of study. A majority of jobs are on-campus, but some schools may have some off-campus jobs with nonprofit agencies and other groups. It is important to note that some universities may not allow students to use their federal work study for tuition, but other related expenses (e.g. books, fees).

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT: Lawrence Burns, PhD

What should a future phd student consider when selecting a program of   study .

Speaking in the humanities, a student is best advised, I think, to select the faculty member with whom he or she wishes to study rather than simply a program. This faculty member becomes the student’s mentor, a relationship that lasts well beyond graduate school years. Because the mentor becomes the student’s primary reference, his or her standing in the field can and does have an impact on pre- and post-doctoral grants a student might win as well as on the student’s success on the academic job market.

It is a delicate balance though, because one must also look at programs that have standing in a particular field and at institutions that can afford to fund their PhD students throughout their graduate years.

Much is made about the saturation of PhD graduates and not enough   positions — both in academic and the private sector. Should that dissuade   a student from pursuing a PhD?

Yes, of course. Again, a PhD is not something that comes easily, and it should not be pursued without a reason for it. On the other hand, for students who are committed to their fields, and for whom that field is a career choice, the PhD is still the only way into the university job market. 

There is a catch-22 in the world of post-graduate education. Research universities need to turn out research, and researchers often depend on their grad students to assist them–in all fields–and departments on their PhD candidates to teach many undergraduate courses. PhD students are thus recruited regardless of the job market for the PhD holders.

The challenges in funding the PhD for me were less about how am I going to pay for this degree, but making the adjustment from being a full-time salaried employee to now, taking a significant pay cut to serve as a graduate assistant.

EARNING OUTLOOK FOR PHD STUDENTS

Potential career earnings should be a significant part of the discussion when considering whether or not to pursue a doctoral degree. Completing an advanced program of study could increase an individual’s earning potential with their current or future employers.

Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals a direct correlation between educational attainment and career success—both in employment opportunities and annual salaries. Doctoral degree holders are some of the highest paid professionals in the country. The table below outlines the difference in earnings by degree level in 2014.

Educational Attainment Avg. Weekly Earnings Avg. Yearly Salary Unemployment Rate
$1,639 $85,228 1.9%
$1,591 $82,732 2.1%
$1,326 $68,952 2.8%
$1,101 $57,252 3.5%
$792 $41,184 4.5%
$741 $38,532 6.0%
$668 $34,736 6.0%
$488 $25,376 9.0%

source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Earnings and Unemployment by Educational Attainment

  • Industry or Business $97,700
  • Government $82,000
  • Nonprofit Organizations $72,500
  • Other $70,000
  • Academia $60,000

Source: National Science Foundation, Survey of Earned Doctorates

In turn, prospective students should consider how their sacrifice of time and money will pay off when they embark in their careers. Some professional fields have a higher return on investment than others. A majority of PhD candidates endeavor to become tenured-track faculty members, but they should realize that academia is one of the lowest paying sectors for individuals with a doctoral degree.

A review of National Science Foundation survey information shows that the best paying professional areas for PhD graduates include Industry and Business—with an average salary of $97,700. At the bottom of the list? Academia.

MOST LUCRATIVE PHD CAREERS

So, which PhD degrees pay the best?

According to the NSF, business, economics, and engineering are consistently among the best earning academic fields regardless of industry. The following tables outline the highest paying academic fields by professional area of work after graduation.

  • Business Management and Administration $110,000
  • Economics $82,000
  • Engineering $79,000
  • Health Sciences $70,000
  • Education $60,000
  • Business Management and Administration $135,000
  • Economics $115,000
  • Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences $115,000
  • Geosciences $110,000
  • Engineering $98,000
  • Economics $112,500
  • Business Management and Administration $96,590
  • Engineering $96,500
  • Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences $95,300
  • Health Sciences $94,000
  • Business Management and Administration $105,000
  • Economics $100,000
  • Mathematics and Computer Information Sciences $100,000
  • Health Sciences $98,000

At the occupational level, 2012 employment research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the best paying doctoral career was Physicist ($109,600), followed by Astronomers ($105,410), and Engineering Professors ($94,130).

Overall, the top 10 most lucrative PhD careers include the following:

  • 1 Physicists $109,600
  • 2 Astronomers $105,410
  • 3 Engineering Professors $94,130
  • 4 Economics Professors $90,870
  • 5 Health Specialties Professors: $90,210
  • 6 Agricultural Sciences Professors $86,260
  • 7 Biochemists and Biophysicists $84,940
  • 8 Forestry and Conservation Science Professors $84,090
  • 9 Physics Professors $80,720
  • 10 Medical Scientists $79,930
Field of Study Academia Industry or Business Government Nonprofit organization Other
$56,000 $80,000 $70,000 $67,000 NA
$50,200 $80,000 $65,000 $60,000 $42,000
$110,001 $135,000 $96,590 $105,000 NA
$48,000 $85,000 $70,000 $65,000 $55,000
$82,000 $115,000 $112,500 $100,000 $100,155
$60,000 $80,000 $78,000 $75,500 $74,000
$79,000 $98,000 $96,500 $98,000 $62,500
$59,000 $110,000 $75,000 NA NA
$70,000 $90,000 $94,000 $98,000 $81,500
$50,000 $50,000 $77,250 $50,000 $53,500
$60,000 $115,000 $95,300 $100,000 $52,000
$57,000 $78,000 $85,000 $70,500 $62,000
$55,000 $95,500 $85,000 $90,000 NA
$55,000 $71,000 $65,000 $60,000 $61,000
$57,000 $81,000 $78,000 $70,000 $73,000

EXPERT SPOTLIGHT: Darren Pierre, PhD

How has earning a phd impacted you personally and professionally.

Personally, the PhD was an incredibly introspective process. I believe for many, they go into the PhD thinking one thing, and come out transformed by the experience. I learned and grew personally in how I harness my self-worth, I grew professionally in my ability to humble myself and authentically listen to the feedback given about my work.

Professionally, I move with a greater level of confidence, I have more insight into my own potential in ways I could have never imagined, and all of that propelled me to write my book, The Invitation to Love.

Through your own experience, what are the biggest mistakes   prospective PhD students make when choosing and/or funding their PhD?

The biggest mistake that perspective students make is doing the degree for the wrong reason. If you are doing the degree for any other reason that self-motivated factors, you will falter. Doing the PhD to cover areas of insecurity, or low self-worth; doing the PhD for the prestige or title sake, those reasons will have you floundering and faltering when the psychological stressors being to weigh heavy.

Did you create a roadmap--financially or academically--to stay on track to   completing your PhD?

Absolutely, you have to have a plan and work that plan. Each Sunday, I would develop the week's action plan, I would carve out everything from when I was doing assignments/research to when I would work out, everything was on a schedule so that even when the fog of the process set in, I had headlights (my schedule) that allowed me to drive consistently when the road ahead was hard to see.

PHD: BY THE NUMBERS

Doctoral education in the U.S. is a varied and broad system, one that has been growing in popularity. In the 2013-2014 academic year, more than 178,000 doctoral degrees were conferred to students nationally, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • Doctoral Education Continues to Grow
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Dominate
  • STEM Fields are the Most Popular
  • Only Half of Students Earn a PhD in the Same Academic Field as their Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral Degrees are an Investment in Time
  • Primary Source of Funding Varies by Program

In its survey of earned doctorates, the National Science Foundation learned the number of doctoral recipients increased by nearly 30 percent between 2003 and 2013.

The most popular academic areas of study were Engineering and the Physical Sciences.

  • Engineering 69.80%
  • Physical Sciences 59.30%
  • Health Sciences 53.60%
  • Life Sciences 44.60%
  • Other 38.90%
  • Social Sciences 19.90%
  • Humanities 9.10%
  • Education -25.70%

Within the engineering and physical sciences disciplines, multiple sub-fields have been experiencing explosive interest and enrollments, with some programs (e.g. physics, materials science engineering) growing by more than 70 percent between 2003 and 2013.

  • Other engineering 127.5%
  • Materials science engineering 86.5%
  • Aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering 74.5%
  • Mechanical engineering 70.5%
  • Electrical, electronics, and communication engineering 53.6%
  • Chemical engineering 46.0%
  • Computer and information sciences 119.1%
  • Mathematics 83.0%
  • Physics and astronomy 76.7%
  • Geosciences 28.8%
  • Chemistry 22.0%

According to NSF, the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are the most popular doctoral areas of study.

  • Life Sciences 23.3%
  • Physical Sciences 17.6%
  • Engineering 17.0%
  • Social Sciences 15.9%
  • Humanities 10.7%
  • Education 9.4%

Interestingly, slightly more than 56 percent of graduate students continue into a doctoral program in the same field as their master’s degree. Rates are highest in the humanities, engineering, and social sciences fields.

  • Humanities 67.6%
  • Engineering 65.7%
  • Social Sciences 65.6%
  • Education 61.5%
  • All Fields 56.1%
  • Physical Sciences 53.4%
  • Life Sciences 35.5%

It requires approximately 7.5 years of study for the average graduate student to complete a doctoral degree after enrolling in graduate school. Education takes the longest — more than 11 years, while the physical sciences and engineering fields only require 6.5 to 6.6 years of study to complete.

  • Education 11.7
  • Humanities 9.2
  • Social Sciences 7.7
  • All Fields 7.5
  • Life Sciences 6.9
  • Engineering 6.6
  • Physical Sciences 6.5

According to the NSF, the most common source of funding for doctoral students are teaching and research assistantships. The table below details the primary source of funding for students by academic area of study.

  • Life Sciences Fellowships/ Grants
  • Physical Sciences Research Assistantships
  • Social Sciences Teaching Assistantships
  • Engineering Research Assistantships
  • Education Own Resources
  • Humanities Teaching Assistantships
  • All Fields Research Assistantships

The following table includes a breakout of the primary funding source by major field of study, according the National Science Foundation.

Field Teaching Assistantships Research Assistantships Fellowships/ Grants Own Resources Employer Other
11.6% 32.9% 41.1% 9.3% 3.0% 2.1%
27.7% 47.2% 18.8% 3.6% 1.6% 1.1%
29.3% 17.7% 25.5% 24.4% 1.6% 1.4%
7.9% 60.8% 21.4% 3.9% 3.4% 2.5%
12.3% 15.7% 13.2% 47.4% 9.2% 2.3%
42.4% 1.8% 33.2% 20.0% 1.4% 1.1%
20.8% 32.0% 26.9% 15.4% 3.0% 1.8%

Source: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/sed/2013/data-tables.cfm

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES

The ultimate financial goal of any PhD student should be to complete their program successfully and move into a professional career with as little debt as possible. The resources below are available to help students locate scholarships and other funding sources that can help make that goal a reality.

Unigo offers a selection of financial assistance resources for graduate students, including a scholarship directory, a scholarship match tool, educational information on student loans and funding options, and more.

Scholarships.com is a website that provides a selection of financial aid information, including a searchable scholarship directory, insights into funding trends, financial aid calculators, and information about grants and fellowships.

Peterson’s is an educational resource site that includes a searchable scholarship database, articles and advice columns, and a catalog of graduate school profiles.

FinAid.org is an educational resource site that focuses on financial aid and offers information about student loans, federal financial aid, financing a doctoral education, and includes a scholarship search option.

An office of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid is the country’s largest provider of financial aid. Graduate students can learn about and pally for loans, grants, and work-study funds to pay for their doctoral education.

FastWeb is a financial aid-focused website that offers a searchable scholarship directory that allows students to focus their search to their major area of study, work experience, and personal and professional activities.

Chegg is an online educational portal that not only offers used textbooks, but a scholarship database as well.

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Graduate School Scholarships (UQGSS) – includes Research Training Program (RTP)

About this scholarship.

These scholarships include a living stipend to support you as you complete a research project for your Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy or a research-focused professional doctorate at UQ.

Eligibility

You're eligible if you're:

  • nominated by an enrolling school or institute at UQ
  • assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the higher degree by research program.
  • not be receiving a living allowance award, or scholarship providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the higher degree by research program

How to apply

Before submitting an application you should follow the how-to-apply steps for either the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) .

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a PhD or an MPhil. You don't need to submit a separate scholarship application. In your application, under the 'Scholarship and Collaborative study' section: Select I would like to be considered for a UQ scholarship to cover a living allowance stipend and tuition fee expenses .

Application dates

To be considered for a scholarship, you need to apply by the relevant closing date for the research quarter you want to start in. We recommend you apply as early as possible after applications open.

  • Monday 1st April 2024 - Applications open .  Submit your application online .
  • ​Sunday 19th May 2024 - Applications close Apply on, or soon after the opening date to increase your chances of being considered for the scholarship round.
  • ​1st July 2024 - School/Institute shortlisting of applicants completed and applications sent for assessment.
  • Monday 30th September 2024 - Outcomes from this date (1 week period)
  • Friday 18th October 2024 - Acceptances due

RQ3 or RQ4, 2024 start - Domestic Applicants

This round is for domestic applicants and those onshore international students who have completed a program at UQ in Semester 1 2024. Applicants must be onshore at the time that offers are issued.

  • 19 February 2024 - Applications open .  Submit your application online .

If you have pending documentation, such as Honours or English tests, please still apply with information on when those results will be available. We will advise you if it is possible to consider your application in the round.

  • ​ 25 March 2024 - Applications close Apply on, or soon after the opening date to increase your chances of being considered for the scholarship round.
  • ​29 April 2024 - School/Institute shortlisting of applicants completed and applications sent for assessment.
  • 17 June 2024 - Outcomes from this date (1 week period)
  • 28 June 2024 - Acceptances due
  • 28 June Current UQ students applying, who haven’t yet received their final results from their coursework programs, will receive offers from this date after results have been published
  • 12 July 2024 Current UQ students acceptances due

RQ1 or RQ2, 2025 start - Domestic Applicants This round is for domestic applicants and those onshore international students who have completed a program at UQ in Semester 2 2024. Applicants must be onshore at the time that offers are issued.

Applicants may request a deferral for one Research Quarter.

  • 15 July 2024 - Applications open .  Submit your application online .
  • ​8  September 2024 - Applications close Apply on, or soon after the opening date to increase your chances of being considered for the scholarship round.
  • ​30 September 2024 - School/Institute shortlisting of applicants completed and applications sent for assessment.
  • 16 December 2024 - Outcomes from this date (1 week period)
  • 3 January 2025 - Acceptances due

Selection criteria

We'll consider your application against the key areas in the  scholarship selection criteria matrix (DOCX, 26.12 KB) , which include:

  • your academic performance, evidence of research capability, quality of research project
  • the quality of your proposed research environment including resourcing
  • the quality of your proposed advisory team including record of successful supervision, appropriate advisory load, complementary expertise.

What happens next

We’ll email you to let you know the outcome of your application. If you're offered a scholarship, you’ll need to accept by the due date. If you’re a current UQ student, you won’t receive an email until after the final results from your coursework program have been published.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full-time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case-by-case basis. When applying to hold the living stipend scholarship part-time, please provide evidence of your carer’s responsibilities, medical condition or disability. Though not specifically requested by the portal, you may upload these under ‘Additional documents’.

UQ reserves the right to postpone or cancel scholarship rounds.

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Studentships and doctoral training

Get a studentship to fund your doctorate.

UKRI studentships offer funding for doctoral research. They also offer you access to training, networking and development opportunities to help you build a research and innovation career.

Our expectations for research organisations, supervisors and students are set out in the statement of expectations for doctoral training .

You could get:

  • a minimum stipend of £19,237 per year for your living costs, which is paid to you in regular instalments
  • support for your tuition fees (minimum £4,786 per year)

The stipend is usually non-taxable and does not need to be paid back. Some research organisations may offer more if you study in London, or they or one of their collaborators might decide to top up the payment. This will be outlined in the studentship advert from the research organisation.

We normally pay the support for tuition fees directly to your research organisation.

The levels given here are for the academic year 2024 to 2025. UKRI’s approach to doctoral stipend and fee levels will be reviewed through the  new deal for postgraduate research .

Additional support for your doctoral studies

As a UKRI-funded doctoral student, you may be able to access additional funding to cover the cost of other related training and development opportunities.

This could include:

  • conference attendance
  • language training
  • overseas research visits
  • internships or placements with a non-academic partner

The availability of support will depend on the research organisation and the training grants they have on offer. You should contact the research organisation you are interested in applying to, to find out what you could get.

Extra support if you have a disability

If you have a disability, you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on top of your studentship.

You should speak to your research organisation’s disability advisor to assess your needs. They can help put the right support in place, including a DSA application if necessary. You cannot claim DSA directly from UKRI.

DSA helps to cover the cost of any additional support that a person studying for a doctorate might need as a result of a disability, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty.

The allowance covers:

  • non-medical personal assistance
  • specialist equipment
  • extra travel costs
  • general expenses

Find out more about DSA in our framework .

If you are a research organisation you can download claim forms and guidance for DSA .

Who can apply

Any prospective doctoral student wishing to study at a UK research organisation, including prospective international students, can apply for a UKRI studentship.

All UKRI-funded doctoral students will be eligible for the full award, both the stipend to support living costs, and home-level fees at the UK research organisation rate.

How to find opportunities

Many UK research organisations offer some form of studentship funding from UKRI. These opportunities will depend on the subject you want to study and will normally be advertised by the research organisations.

Research organisations may have additional opportunities that do not involve UKRI. UKRI supports around 20% of all UK-based postgraduate researchers. You should speak to the research organisation you are interested in to find out what studentships are available.

You could also consider using a specialist website like   FindaPhD  to look for opportunities.

When to apply

Research organisations set their own deadlines for applications.

Many open for applications early in the academic year and close in January or February. This is not a hard and fast rule. It is important that you check the deadlines for the research organisation where you want to study.

How to apply

You cannot apply to UKRI for a studentship. You must contact the research organisation you are interested in studying with and use their application process.

For doctoral students who are already studying with a studentship, there are opportunities to get additional funding to support placements that are separate from your doctorate.  Find training and development opportunities .

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University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Find information about the doctoral scholarships offered by the University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (UoADS) is a competitive scholarship scheme in 4 rounds each year. This is what you can get:

In 2024, the University of Auckland Scholarship comprises:

  • a tax-free stipend of $33,825 per annum with an annual CPI adjustment to the stipend value for up to 36 months FTE*
  • tuition fees for up to 36 months FTE
  • single student Health Insurance compulsory charge
  • a further six months of scholarship funding may be available following the initial scholarship

* Duration of stipend varies according to doctoral programme, see the Regulations for more details.

CPI Adjustment

To maintain the real value of the UoADS, from 2024 onwards an annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustment will be made to your stipend. This will come into effect on 1 January each year. The CPI adjustment reflects the November Monetary Policy Statement, put out by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ). In that Statement, the Reserve Bank forecasts the expect annual CPI movement for the following year. You can find the Policy Statement on the RBNZ site (just search for ‘November monetary statement’). We use the annualised December forecast for the following year, and adjust the UoADS stipend accordingly. When we make the annual adjustment, we also take into account any difference between the current year’s CPI forecast and the actual CPI movement in that calendar year. That way, the spending power of the stipend is maintained. Why do we use the RBNZ forecast?  The RBNZ’s forecast is a crucial component of the Bank’s monetary policy decisions, and thus is critical to the economy of New Zealand. Using their November forecast for the following year means we’re using the most up-to-date information we have, from a trusted, external source. Why do we use the annualised December forecast?   The RBNZ provides both quarterly and an annualised forecast. As we’re setting the stipend for the entire year ahead, we use the annualised December forecast, as that accounts for the 12 month period. Why do we use a forecast rather than an actual CPI movement?   We want to ensure that your stipend reflects anticipated costs for the year, rather than making you wait a whole year, and then ‘back paying’ actual CPI. This is particularly important if this is your final year of UoADS. What happens if the forecast isn’t accurate?   When we set the stipend for the following year we adjust the amount to take into account any difference between the forecast for the current year and the actual CPI movement PLUS the forecast CPI for the following year. That way we can make sure that your stipend maintains its real value. Does this mean my stipend could decrease?   Potentially, yes. If New Zealand experienced negative CPI (which has only happened once in the last 60+ years) we might reduce your stipend. But if actual CPI during any given year is below the forecast, we won’t make an adjustment during that calendar year. We will only make a negative adjustment as part of the annual review process, based on the RBNZ November Monetary Policy Statement. That might mean that the stipend for the following year doesn’t increase as much. The key point to remember is our aim to maintain the buying power of your stipend. What does this mean for my stipend in 2024?   When we refreshed the UoADS scheme in 2023 we increased the stipend more than actual CPI. For 2024, based on the RBNZ forecast, we will increase your stipend by 2.5%. This means the stipend increases to $33,825.00 from 1 January 2024. The payment you receive on 11 January 2024 will reflect the new stipend rate (from 1 January).

How to apply

It’s easy! Any student who is to be offered a place in a doctoral programme will be eligible for scholarship consideration prior to receiving their offer of place.

When you apply for your doctoral programme, you will have the opportunity to confirm whether or not you also wish to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship — you don’t need to apply separately.

If you already have scholarship funding and/or don't want to be considered for this scholarship, confirm this in your application form so that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.

If you are still completing your qualifying programme and/or have not yet received your final grades from your qualifying programme, you can still be considered for a scholarship. It might mean that you receive a conditional offer for a scholarship and/or admission to the doctoral programme.

Scholarship offers will be made alongside offers of places in doctoral programmes, so if you indicate you wish to be considered for a University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, your admissions offer will be made as part of one of the four annual rounds below.

If you change your mind at any time during the admissions process, please let our Doctoral Admissions team know so that your admissions offer does not need to be made during one of the four annual rounds below.

Apply by Scholarship offer by Enrol by: Domestic candidate/ Domestic qualifying programme Enrol by: International candidate with international qualifying programme
1 November 2023
1 February 2024 1 March or 1 June 2024 1 March, 1 June or 1 September 2024
1 March 2024 1 May 2024 1 June or 1 September 2024
1 June, 1 September or 1 December 2024
1 June 2024 1 August 2024 1 September or 1 December 2024
1 September or 1 December 2024 or 1 March 2025
1 September 2024 1 November 2024 1 December 2024 or 1 March 2025 1 December 2024, or 1 March or 1 June 2025
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The University reserves the right to determine an application during a later round if it is not possible to conclude the matter in accordance with the dates specified.

Guaranteed scholarships

There are guaranteed scholarships for:

  • Māori applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme
  • Pacific applicants with a New Zealand university qualifying programme GPA of 7.0 or above who are offered a place in a doctoral programme.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations

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  • To nurture, recruit, and retain outstanding research talent (candidates and supervisors)
  • To support excellent research and the creation of high-quality research outputs
  • To grow Māori and Pacific research scholarship (candidates, topics, supervisors)
  • To develop / strengthen relationships with Māori and Pacific communities
  • To support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in research (candidates, topics and supervisors)
  • To strengthen, grow, and diversify the pipeline of research and external research income
  • To develop / strengthen transdisciplinary research collaborations
  • To boost knowledge mobilisation, research translation, and research impact

Faculty/LSRI/URC Doctoral Scholarship Strategies and Opportunities

Each faculty/Large Scale Research Institute (LSRI)/University Research Centre (URC) will advertise their scholarship opportunities and strategies for selection on their websites:   

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University's objectives include supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion. Scholarship selection committees will consider these objectives when making their scholarship recommendations.

As an applicant to the University, you have already shared some information with us about your gender and ethnicity, and this information will be available to the scholarship selection committee.

You may have also disclosed whether you are disabled, belong to the Rainbow community, or have a refugee background. You have the option to share this personal information as part of your personal profile, at https://iam.auckland.ac.nz/identity .

If you choose to share this personal information with the University, and indicate that you would like the scholarship selection committee to be aware of your personal information when they consider your application, the scholarship selection committee will be able to access your information. This information will remain confidential to the selection committee. It will not be used by the committee for any purpose other than considering your application. If you decide not to disclose your information then the committee will only be aware of your gender and ethnicity.

Taking up your scholarship

Scholarships must be taken up by one of the dates prescribed in the letter of award, otherwise the Scholarship offer will be forfeited. Enrolment dates are shown in the tables above.

If you are an international student, you may need a letter confirming your funding for your visa application. You can request this letter through Student Services Online. For instructions on how to do this visit Doctoral scholarships information and forms .  

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However, the  University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship regulations  take precedence over all other material.

You are strongly advised to read the scholarship regulations for complete information, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for scholarship consideration, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and selection criteria.

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Princeton will significantly increase stipends to support graduate students

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Princeton University will increase graduate fellowship and stipend rates by an average of 25% to about $40,000 for doctoral candidates during the 10-month academic year. It is the University’s largest one-year increase in graduate student stipend rates.

“Even with Princeton’s longstanding support for and sizable investment in graduate education, the coming year’s increases are remarkable,” said Cole Crittenden, acting dean of the Princeton Graduate School . “The increases in stipend rates will ensure Princeton continues to attract and retain the very best graduate candidates from all backgrounds and from all over the U.S. and the world. Our ability to support graduate students as they push the boundaries of scholarship and research in new and exciting directions is a Princeton priority.”

Princeton guarantees funding for its enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment. Ph.D. candidates receive a combination of funding to cover tuition and fees, as well as a base stipend to cover estimated living expenses. Crittenden said graduate stipends were already competitive and that rates had increased annually.

“Our graduate students are engaged in important learning and research, and we do not want promising scholars in any discipline to decide not to pursue graduate study because of their personal financial situation,” Crittenden said. “This is important in all cases, but it is especially important for students who may be the first in their family to attend college as well as for graduate students who may have dependents.”

For the upcoming 2022-23 academic year, the 10-month stipend rate will increase for doctoral candidates in the school’s four divisions — the natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences — as follows. Two-month summer funding is also available to all Ph.D. students through various sources.

Natural Sciences and Engineering:

  • Assistantship in Research (AR) stipend will increase from $31,720 to $40,000.
  • Assistantship in Instruction (AI) stipend will increase from $34,800 to $42,000.
  • University First-Year Fellowship will increase from $31,720 to $40,000.

Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • University Fellowship will increase from $30,475 to $38,000.

The stipend increases will be funded through a combination of sources, including central budget funds supported by Princeton’s endowment. 

Robust stipends are among the many benefits available to Princeton doctoral students.

“The faculty advisers, support staff, research facilities, libraries and other resources for graduate students at Princeton are hard to beat,” Crittenden said. “We continue to be a leader in family-focused initiatives for graduate students. We offer University housing to a very large percentage of our graduate students, and when the Lake Campus graduate housing facilities are completed, we will be able to offer housing to any enrolled graduate student who wants it, just as we do to our undergraduate students.”

The range of Princeton’s resources allows students to focus on their studies and research. 

“The decision about where to pursue graduate studies should always be first and foremost about the people a graduate student will learn from and work with,” Crittenden said. “Our faculty and staff are unmatched in their devotion and commitment to graduate education and to graduate students.”

In addition to increases in graduate student funding, Princeton also has been a leader in its undergraduate financial aid program . More than 10,000 undergraduates have benefited from the University’s no-loan financial aid program since it was adopted in 2001. Princeton provides aid in the form of grants, which do not need to be repaid, and 83% of Princeton seniors graduate debt free. Approximately 61% of undergraduates receive financial aid and more than 22% of the Class of 2025 are eligible for federal Pell Grants for low-income students — reflecting the University’s enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds.

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If you have a question about our President's PhD Scholarships, please email the Student Financial Support team:  [email protected]

If you are a high performing undergraduate or Master's student and have a strong desire to undertake a PhD programme at a world-class research institution, a President's PhD Scholarship could provide you with the outstanding opportunity to receive full funding for tuition fees and a generous stipend for a 3.5 year PhD place at Imperial College London.

The President’s PhD Scholarships allow students to undertake a research project of their choosing with the support of an excellent supervisor, alongside cohort-building opportunities with other President's PhD Scholars.

Meet our scholars

Read stories of Imperial students who have received a President's PhD Scholarship.

What the scholarship covers

Each of the 50 scholarships available provides the following support during the 3.5 years of study:

  • Full funding for tuition fees
  • A stipend of £25,150 (2024-25 rate) per annum to assist with living costs 
  • A consumables fund of £2,000 per annum for the first 3 years of study
  • A programme of bespoke opportunities and events delivered by the Graduate School

You will also have access to the  full range of support available to postgraduates at Imperial, including tailored support for disabled and international students, and the wider Graduate School programme of professional skills courses.

This competitive scheme has higher than usual eligibility requirements, attracting candidates that show excellent academic performance and promising research potential. 

We accept applications from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

The scholarship applies to both full- and part-time study.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, as we recognise that diversity not only benefits Imperial but also helps the sector to better represent the communities that we serve.

Academic criteria

  • Candidates must be in receipt of, or due to receive, a  first class or equivalent  in an undergraduate or integrated Masters degree; or if this has not been achieved
  • Candidates must be in receipt of (or where this has yet to be received be able to provide evidence of high performance that will lead to) a distinction in a standalone Master’s qualification.

This allows candidates who have demonstrated excellence at Master's level, but not achieved a first class undergraduate degree, to be able to apply to the scheme.

Candidates with only a single undergraduate degree or integrated Master’s must still must be in receipt of, or due to receive, a first class or equivalent.

Other criteria

  • Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality, although some departments may be unable to support international candidates.
  • The scheme is only open to new PhD applications. Current registered Imperial PhD students are  not eligible  to be considered for a President's PhD Scholarship.

Read our scholarships terms and conditions .

Applications for this scholarship scheme will be considered at three points throughout the academic year – see 'When you'll hear' below.

Before you apply

  • You must have made contact with a supervisor in an academic department at Imperial College London who has agreed to supervise your research project.
  • Supervisors are limited to supervise one scholar at any time. Please review the  President's PhD Scholarships - Unavailable Supervisors page for more information.

Application process

  • There isn't specific scholarship application form. 
  • You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our  online admissions system  and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.

Scholarship-specific instructions for the admissions process are below; you must also meet any additional application requirements stated by your department of choice.

Additional admissions instructions

  • For the 2024–25 academic year, the earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2024, the latest start date is 1 November 2024.
  • the first page should be a personal statement (motivations for applying to Imperial and the scholarship, and any other supporting information not included elsewhere on the form that you feel will enhance your application)
  • the second page should be your research proposal. You may submit updated versions of this statement if required following application submission if your department shortlists you for the scholarship. You are encouraged to write in the first person. 
  • When prompted for the names of  two academic referees , these should be people who can provide an academic reference in support of your application (e.g. your personal tutor or your thesis supervisor). You should not include your proposed PhD supervisor. You are encouraged to share this guidance  with your two referees, noting, in particular, the recommendation to use ‘they/them’ language (rather than gender pronouns).
  • To be considered for the President's PhD Scholarship scheme, you must select this option in the funding section of the additional questions tab within the online application form.

50 scholarship places are available. Applications will be reviewed by a two-stage process:

  • Candidates meeting or predicted to meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by the Department to which they have applied. Departments will select a shortlist of candidates to present to the College Selection Panel for consideration. 
  • A Faculty allocation stage will score and rank candidates in Departmental shortlists, making initial offers to the most promising candidates. Faculty Vice Deans present these candidates with justification for offers at the College Selection Panel.
  • The College Selection Panel makes additional offers from a ring-fenced allocation to candidates that meet widening participation or other strategic alignment goals. 

Assessment criteria

Candidates are assessed by the Faculties and College Selection Panel against the following criteria:

  • past academic results
  • transcripts
  • relative class position
  • distinctions
  • the candidate’s research experience to date
  • their interest in discovery
  • the research plan and its potential contribution as described in their research proposal
  • the departmental statement, which also reflects on performance at interview

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.

Applicants not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for a standard PhD.

Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.

  • Applicants who apply by 23:59 (UK time) 6 November 2023  and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by  end of  January 2024. 
  • Applicants who apply by 23:59 (UK time)  8 January 2024  and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by  end of  March 2024.
  • Applicants who apply by 23:59 (UK time)  4 March 2024  and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by end of  May 2024.

If you're a current Imperial President's PhD Scholar or Imperial staff member, please find information for you at the following links:

  • information for current scholars
  • information for Imperial staff

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PhD stipends

Did you know that as a PhD student, there is a difference between salary and PhD stipends?

This is just one of the many things you should know when deciding to do a PhD .

As the highest level of education, a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD can take anywhere from four to 12 years to complete .

Embarking on a journey towards a PhD is an intellectually rewarding pursuit, but it often comes with financial challenges.

So, how do students cope?

If you receive a salary, you are likely an employee the school hired to carry out a job like leading a class.

Like most jobs, salaried workers get a set wage based on their hours and often have employee benefits like subsidised healthcare or compensation.

A PhD stipend is a financial support system for doctoral students to cover living expenses, tuition, and research costs during their academic journey.

There are three types of PhD stipends :

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs): For this, you are required to assist by delivering one or more courses over a number of years. You would also need to take on other responsibilities, such as marking student tutorials, supervising lab experiments, and providing support to undergraduates during office hours.
  • Research Assistantships (RAs): In this role, you will assist a departmental professor with their research. If you are lucky, the professor will be your PhD supervisor, and their research (and the support you give) will relate to your own doctoral project.
  • Stipend via Studentship: This is a non-repayable grant for doctoral students. Unlike the other two stipends, this one rarely has additional suits, but you must progress with your degree.

Have PhD stipends always been like this?

PhD stipends have a rich history that mirrors the evolution of higher education.

Our current understanding of a PhD originated in 19th-century Germany , but doctoral degrees were awarded long before this.

Over time, PhD stipends have evolved into a cornerstone of doctoral education, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder the pursuit of advanced knowledge.

Fun fact: The term “stipend” itself has Latin origins, coming from “stipendium,” which refers to a soldier’s pay.

This etymology underscores the idea that stipends are a form of financial support for individuals committed to advancing knowledge, akin to soldiers committed to a cause.

Sometimes, these PhD stipends are not enough.

In January 2023, The Guardian reported about how PhD students in Australia were barely earning enough to survive.

“Through Melbourne’s winter, I know people forced into less than suitable housing who weren’t turning on their heat,” said Tara-Lyn Camilleri, who lobbied to raise the stipend at Monash University from 30,000 AUD to A$37,000 while completing her PhD last year.

It was eventually raised to A$33,000, about A$4,500 less than the minimum wage after tax.

As PhDs can take years to complete, it is always easier to do one when you have money saved away instead of relying entirely on the PhD stipend.

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Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Chairman of Google, has a PhD in electrical engineering.

Forbes even released a list of the most popular PhDs among billionaires :

  • Former CEO of Google. Eric Schmidt (estimated net worth: US$16.2 billion), UC Berkeley
  • The man behind Garmin GPS, Min Kao (US$4.2 billion), University of Tennessee
  • Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of Broadcom, Henry Samueli (US$7.7 billion), UCLA
  • Founder of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., David Shaw (US$7.9 billion),  Stanford University
  • Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Two Sigma, David Siegel  (US$6.8 billion), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The man behind some of Microsoft’s most successful software, including Word and Excel, Charles Simonyi (US$5.2 billion), Stanford University

And while having these PhDs doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on your way to the list of richest people in the world, it definitely makes you more knowledgeable than most. Having a PhD stipend will simply make this journey to the top easier.

In fact, some universities around the world have increased their stipends recently to attract more talent.

  • The Canadian government has pledged 825 million CAD (approximately US$603 million) to support next-generation researchers by increasing both the number and value of stipends over the next five years. This would increase annual PhD stipends from 24,000 CAD to 40,000 CAD.
  • Vanderbilt University, one of the most expensive universities in the world , will increase its PhD stipends to a range of US$34,000 to US$38,000 beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.
  • De La Salle University is offering full tuition and fees with monthly stipends of 35,000 PHP (approximately US$600) for full-time students in any PhD academic programme through the Saint Miguel Febres Cordero PhD Scholarship Programme.

Now, if you’re a promising PhD student hoping to secure your stipend, try checking out these countries with some of the best offers:

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The University of Vienna is a public research university located in Austria. Source: University of Vienna

Top 5 countries with the highest PhD stipends

  • Average PhD stipend: US$104,328
  • Average cost of living: US$1,705.67

Boasting over 50 institutions of higher education, it is no surprise that Austria is a top choice for a PhD.

Its rich cultural and academic heritage offers competitive stipends, with institutions like the University of Vienna leading the way.

This is because of the country’s commitment to academic excellence and research.

Universities often collaborate with international partners, contributing to a vibrant research community.

Government funding and a focus on supporting doctoral research contribute to the attractiveness of stipends in Austria.

Here are some of the best universities in Austria:

  • University of Vienna
  • Vienna University of Technology
  • University of Innsbruck
  • Medical University of Graz
  • Salzburg University
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Netherlands

  • Average PhD stipend: US$74,163
  • Cost of living: US$861.45  to US$1292.17

The Netherlands, known for its innovation and research-driven culture, offers competitive stipends, with institutions like Delft University of Technology providing substantial financial support.

About 10 Dutch research universities are ranked in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

The Netherlands is also highly ranked internationally for the number of publications per researcher (second) and for the impact of research publication (fourth).

“The PhD salary in the Netherlands is one of the best in the world,” a former PhD says to Dutch News .

“In the UK, the salaries are just 1,000 pounds and PhD students need to work at weekends. I was able to buy a house while being a PhD student here.”

Here are some of the top universities in the Netherlands :

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Leiden University
  • University of Groningen
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

PhD stipends

The University of Helsinki has one of the highest PhD stipends. Source: University of Helsinki

  • Average PhD stipend: US$46,537
  • Cost of living:  US$646.09 to US$969.13

Renowned for its high-quality education system, Finland offers competitive stipends, with institutions like the University of Helsinki providing substantial financial support.

Government funding often supports stipends in Finland, reflecting the country’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of researchers.

Students are also encouraged to take ownership of the research in Finland.

Here are the top universities in Finland :

  • University of Helsinki
  • Aalto University
  • University of Oulu
  • Tampere University
  • University of Turku

PhD stipends

Universities in Denmark often offer industrial PhDs. Source: University of Copenhagen

  • Average PhD stipend: US$53,436
  • Average cost of living: US$11,45.62

Denmark strongly emphasises education and research, and the country’s social welfare system ensures that stipends are sufficient to cover living expenses.

The country also offers an Industrial PhD option if you want to conduct a research project with commercial perspectives.

Denmark is also popular for the balance of robust academics and a great living standard, giving international students the best of both worlds.

Here are the best universities in Denmark:

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
  • Aalborg University
  • Average PhD stipend: US$42,618
  • Average cost of living: US$2,512.13

The land of innovation and Vikings beckons ambitious scholars with competitive stipends and one institution that stands out is the renowned Karolinska Institute.

Sweden’s commitment to pioneering research and its unique blend of modernity and tradition make it an alluring destination for those pursuing a PhD.

Most universities in Sweden offer salaries instead of stipends.

Here are some of the leading institutions in Sweden :

  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dalarna University
  • Halmstad University
  • Jönköping University

*All figures were converted as of the time of writing on December 7, 2023.

Disclaimer: This article was last updated on May 23, 2024.

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Fully Funded PhD Scholarships for International Students 2025

Do you want to start your study adventure abroad? Good news! A number of fully funded scholarships are available for international students. In this article we will explain in detail about fully funded scholarships offered in world top universities, their benefits and step by step application process.

Many fully funded PhD scholarships 2025-2026 are available at world top universities for international students. These scholarships provide monthly stipend along with tuition fees, accommodation charges, health insurance and travel allowance.

Apply for fully funded scholarships and fulfill your dream of studying at world top universities like Yale University USA, Oxford University UK, Cambridge University UK, Harvard University USA, Monash University Australia, CGS China and many more. Here is a list of fully funded PhD scholarships for international students:

1. Yale University Scholarships USA

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Yale University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for undergraduate, masters and PhD. Yale Scholarship can vary from a few hundred dollars to over $70,000 per year; the average Yale need-based scholarship is over $50,000.

  • Institution: Yale University
  • Study in: USA
  • Level of Study: Undergraduate / Masters / PhD
  • Click here for Deadlines and step by step Application process.

2. Turkey Government Scholarship

Turkey Government Scholarship

Turkey Government Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for undergraduate, masters and PhD studies. Turkiye Burslari Scholarship covers m onthly stipend up to 1600 TL per month, t uition Fee, r eturn flight ticket, h ealth insurance and a ccommodation.

  • Institution: Turkish Universities
  • Study in: Turkey
  • Level of Study: Undergraduate, Masters, PhD 
  • Click here for Deadlines and step by step Application process .

3. Chinese Government Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarship

Chinese Government Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship.   Only masters and PhD programs are available under this scholarship at more than 280 Chinese Universities. Chinese Government Scholarship covers accommodation, basic heath insurance and monthly allowance up to 3500 Yuan.

  • Institution: Chinese Universities
  • Study in: China

4. DAAD Scholarship Germany

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DAAD Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship. This scholarship is only available for masters or PhD studies at the top German Universities. This scholarship covers monthly payments of 850 euros for graduates or 1,200 euros for doctoral candidates.

  • Institution: German Universities
  • Study in: Germany
  • Level of Study:  Masters / PhD

5. MEXT Scholarship Japan

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MEXT Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is available for undergraduate, masters, PhD and training studies. MEXT scholarship will cover tuition fee, accommodation, monthly living allowance and round airfare travel expenses from your country to Japan.

  • Institution: Japnese Universities
  • Study in: Japan

6. Fulbright Scholarships USA

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Fulbright Scholarships are fully funded scholarships for international students. These scholarships are only offered for masters and PhD studies. Fulbright Foreign Student Program covers full tuition fee, a living stipend, full accommodation fee, airfare and health insurance.

  • Institution: USA Universities
  • Level of Study: Masters / PhD

7. Ton Duc Thang University Graduate Scholarship

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Ton Duc Thang University Graduate Scholarships are fully funded scholarships for international students. These scholarships are only offered for masters and doctoral studies. This Scholarship covers full tuition fee and full accommodation fee.

  • Institution: Ton Duc Thang University
  • Study in: Vietnam

8. Bangkok Government Scholarship

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Bangkok Government Scholarships are fully funded scholarships for international students. These scholarships are only offered for masters and Ph.D. This Scholarship covers 100% of tuition fees and a monthly stipend and accommodation in the amount of 16.000 Baht.

  • Institution: Chulalongkorn University
  • Study in: Thailand

9. Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for masters and PhD studies. This scholarship provides £17,500 stipend per annum, health insurance, academic development funding up to £2,000 and family allowance up to £10,120.

  • Institution: University of Cambridge
  • Study in: UK

10. Stanford University Scholarships

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Stanford University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for Masters and Ph.D studies. This scholarship is offering full tuition fees, traveling allowance, Living allowance and academic expenses.

  • Institution: Stanford University

11. Muhammad Bin Zaid University Scholarships

Muhammad Bin Zaid University Scholarships

Muhammad Bin Zaid University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for masters and doctoral studies. The MBZUAI scholarship offers 100% tuition fees waiver, monthly stipend, accommodation and many more benefits.

  • Institution: Muhammad Bin Zaid University
  • Study in: UAE

12. Hungary Government Scholarship

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Hungary Government Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students to study undergraduate, masters and PhD at Hungarian Universities . Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship will cover tuition fees, stipend of HUF 43,700/month, accommodation contribution of  HUF 40 000/month and medical insurance for up to HUF 65 000 a year/person

  • Institution: Hungarian Universities
  • Study in: Hungary
  • Level of Study: Undergraduate/ Masters / PhD

13. Australian Government Research Training Program

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Australia Government Research Training Program Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for masters and PhD studies. RTP scholarship provides maximum monthly stipend of $50,291, fees Offset pays for the tuition fees and allowances to assist students with ancillary costs of a higher degree by research.

  • Institution: Australian Universities
  • Study in: Australia

14. University of British Columbia Doctoral Fellowship Program

UBC Four Years Doctoral Fellowship Program

University of British Columbia (UBC) Four Years Doctoral Fellowship Program (4YF) is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for Doctoral studies. This scholarship is valued at $18,200 stipend plus full tuition coverage for four years.

  • Institution: University of British Columbia
  • Study in: Canada
  • Level of Study: PhD

15. Imperial College London President’s PhD Scholarship

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Imperial College London President’s PhD Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. 50 fully-funded scholarships are awarded each year. This scholarship covers full tuition fees, a stipend of £25,150 per annum, and a consumables fund of £2,000 per annum.

  • Institution: Imperial College London

16. SIIT Scholarships

SIIT Scholarships

Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) Scholarships are fully funded masters and doctoral scholarships for international students. This Scholarship covers full tuition and educational support fees and a living allowance of 10,000 baht per Month.

  • Institution: Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology
  • Level of Study: Masters/ PhD

17. Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships

Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships

Chinese Provincial Government Scholarships invites applications from international students who want to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate or language studies at top Chinese universities. These are fully funded scholarships and cover accommodation, health insurance and monthly living stipend.

  • Institution: Chinese universities
  • Level of Study: Undergraduate / Masters/ PhD

18. Leo Baeck Fellowship

The Leo Baeck Fellowship Program

The Leo Baeck Fellowship program is a fully funded research grant opportunity for international students. This scholarship provides a monthly stipend of EUR 1,550 plus a monthly research cost allowance of EUR 100.

  • Institution: Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • Level of Study: PhD (Research Fellowship)

19. King Fahd University Scholarship

King Fahd University Scholarship

King Fahd University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. KFUPM scholarship is available for masters and PhD studies and provides full free tuition support, monthly living allowance, on-campus housing, medical coverage and relocation support.

  • Institution: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
  • Study in: Saudi Arabia

20. King Abdullah University Scholarship

King Abdullah Univeristy Scholarship

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is available for masters and PhD studies and provides full free tuition support, annual living allowance up to $30,000, on-campus housing, medical and dental coverage and relocation support.

  • Institution: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

21. IRP Research Grant Switzerland

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IRP Research Grant is a fully funded scholarship for international students. The IRP Foundations have the exclusive objective of promoting fundamental and clinical research linked to spinal cord injury. Each proposal retained will be financed for 2 years, to the value up to 150,000 Swiss Francs

  • Institution: IRP
  • Study in: Switzerland
  • Level of Study: Masters/ PhD (Research Grant)

22. Knight Hennesy Scholarship

Knight Hennesy Scholarship

Knight Hennesy Scholarship are fully funded scholarships for international students. These scholarships are offered for Masters and PhD studies. These scholarships cover full tuition fees, traveling allowance, Living allowance and academic expenses.

23. AAUW International Fellowship Program

AAUW Fellowship Program

AAUW Fellowship Program is a fully funded scholarship. This scholarship is offered by The American Association of University Women, USA. International students from all world countries are eligible to apply. This scholarship is only available for graduate and post graduate studies in any subject offered by university. AAUW Fellowship Program covers $20,000 to $50,000 per year, contingent upon meeting academic standards for renewal. 

  • Institution: The American Association of University Women
  • Level of Study: Masters/ PhD / Postdoctoral

24. Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship

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Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship is a fully funded PhD scholarship for international students. This fellowship will provide $25,000, an office, stack access, inter-library loan privileges, internet access, the opportunity to present a paper in Hagley’s seminar series, and use of Hagley’s discounted scholar’s accommodations.

  • Institution: Jefferson Scholars Foundation

25. Harvard University Scholarships

Harvard University Scholarships

Harvard University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for postdoctoral research studies. Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of 75,000$.

  • Institution: Harvard University
  • Level of Study: PhD/ Postdoctoral
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PhD student funding packages may include stipends for living expenses, as indicated in their Notice of Financial Support. Questions regarding the disbursement schedule for stipends should be directed to the student’s assigned  financial aid officer .

Please note that Harvard stipends cannot be disbursed unless the student has formally accepted the award and completed all required forms in the Admissions Portal (incoming students) or the Student Aid Portal (continuing students).

Stipends are disbursed to students on or around the first day of each month. For those students enrolled in the University’s  direct deposit  program, stipend disbursements are deposited into the designated bank account. Those without an active direct deposit agreement in place will receive stipend disbursements via paper checks, which are sent to the mailing address of record in the  my.harvard student information system. It is essential that students keep the contact information in my.harvard current at all times.

Stipends are subject to US federal income tax. US citizens and permanent residents should note that their stipends are not subject to income tax withholding, so it may be necessary to make estimated tax payments over the course of the year. For more information about taxes, see the  Student Financial Services  website. 

There are restrictions on holding teaching appointments while receiving stipend support. Please refer to the teaching policies for more information.

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Domestic PhD Stipend Scholarship

UniSQ is offering a number of stipend (living allowance) scholarships for domestic students studying, or commencing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  in 2024. Applications in all areas of research are welcome. Find your research topic or find and connect with your supervisor helps you match your areas of interest with world-class research opportunities at UniSQ.

Students continuing in or commencing in HDR programs other than the PhD may apply for the  Domestic HDR Stipend Scholarship . As part of UniSQ's Reconciliation Action Plan a scheme exists to promote entry into the PhD by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Staff from the Graduate Research School (GRS) are available via email, phone or in person to assist with the application process.

Application for entry into the program is a separate process that must be started to be eligible for the scholarship. Application steps can be found here .

  • Stipend of AUD $33,000 per annum.
  • Maximum period of tenure of an award is three years. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree will be deducted from the period of tenure.

To be eligible applicants must:   

  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours, or equivalent level;  
  • have applied, or currently enrolled in the PhD at UniSQ;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen;
  • not be receiving equivalent support providing a benefit greater than 75% of the student’s stipend rate;
  • commence or continue study in 2024.

Applicants will be assessed on:

alignment with the University's research priority areas;

academic merit, previous research outputs and research experience of the applicant;

research track record of the proposed supervisory team;

quality of the research proposal.

To apply, please ensure you have digital copies of the below information:

• Cover letter;

• Supervisor support letter  (DOCX 525KB);

• Curriculum vitae;

• Preliminary Research Thesis Topic Proposal (DOC 53KB);

• Education qualifications (testamur and academic transcripts for all undergraduate and postgraduate awards);

• List of any research presentations and/or publications;

• Documentation confirming citizenship.

Application must be made via the UniSQ Scholarship Application Management System by the closing date. If you require assistance in completing your application please download the Scholarship Online Application Manual  (PDF 2.14MB).  

Further information about this scholarship can be obtained from the Graduate Research School at [email protected]

Research stipend scholarship (enrolled students)

If you're a high-achieving student and are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree at VU, you may be eligible for a research stipend scholarship. Information regarding the next HDR stipend round for 2025 will be published in August 2024.

A scholarship provides financial assistance during your study. The 2024 stipend scholarship value is $34,320 per annum.

The duration of enrolment already consumed will be deducted from the stipend duration. Stipends are paid only up to 3.5 years consumed load.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

  • be a current HDR – PhD, or PhD (Integrated) Research Phase student
  • as of 1 January 2025, consumed load must be less than or equal to 2.0
  • enrol as a full-time candidate (on acceptance of offer)
  • have an average final year or honours year grade of H1 (VU Standard 80% or above) or equivalent.
  • PhD (Integrated) in coursework phase
  • currently a sponsored candidate or have a degree at the same level of applied degree.

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UWA is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities.

A wide range of significant research scholarships ensure UWA remains the university of choice for a large number of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students – from across the nation and the globe.

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Scholarships for HDR

The range of UWA scholarships available to support your Higher Degree by Research includes those funded by the Australian Government, University, and external organisations. Scholarships can cover costs such as tuition fees, stipends (living allowances), overseas student health cover, travel, research and relocation allowances.

UWA offers research scholarships to support the training of domestic and international students, developing graduates with the skills required to build careers in both academic and non-academic employment.

At UWA we award research scholarships through a competitive merit-based selection process which includes two annual scholarship rounds and some additional selection processes. Eligible applicants are ranked according to academic achievement and research potential, based on evidence provided.  

Scholarships rounds and application dates

UWA usually holds two Higher Degree by Research scholarship rounds per year:

  • International Round: typically open from July to August.
  • Domestic Round:  typically open from September to October. 

International students who have completed a degree at UWA are also entitled to apply in the Domestic Round.

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Understanding RTP scholarships, stipends and allowances

The Australian Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) is a dedicated pool of funding to support domestic and international students who are undertaking Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees. Universities may use RTP funding to provide support to a student through one or more of the following avenues:

Domestic RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship

Automatically provided to all domestic HDR students, without the need for a competitive application process.

International RTP Tuition Fees Offset Scholarship

Awarded to selected international HDR students, on the basis of a competitive application process.

RTP Stipend Scholarship (living allowance)

Awarded to a limited number of domestic and international students, via a competitive selection process. The current value is $35,000 per annum.

RTP Allowance

Awarded to assist students with ancillary costs of higher degree by research, including relocation.

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How RTP works for HDR students

An RTP Fees Offset pays for the tuition fees of a Higher Degree by Research student that would otherwise have been paid by the student. 

Students approved for Fees Offset scholarships are normally entitled to up to four years full-time equivalent for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The value of Fees Offset at UWA is approximately $33,500 per annum, and is subject to change in future years.

This entitlement is subject to the student making satisfactory progress and may vary depending on individual circumstances.

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UWA offers a number of prestigious higher degree by research scholarships to outstanding domestic students who demonstrate exceptional research potential. Access and equity for all students is paramount. Prospective researchers who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply for the large number of scholarships available across a range of disciplines.  Find domestic Higher Degree by Research scholarships

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UWA offers a number of prestigious higher degree by research scholarships to outstanding international students who demonstrate exceptional research potential.

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Citizens of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents of Australia are exempt from tuition fees if UWA admits them to a HDR course.

This exemption applies for up to four years' full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research, and two years' full-time equivalent study for a master's by research.

All international students at UWA must pay tuition fees for their course unless they have a scholarship or sponsorship that covers the fees.

All students are required to pay the UWA Student Services and Amenities fee .

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Apple Scholars in AI/ML 2025 - Call for Applications

Aktuelles | 31.07.2024

Apple has announced the PhD Fellowships in AI/ML 2025 program. Nominees should be pursuing research in one or more of the following research areas:

  • Privacy preserving machine learning
  • Human centred AI
  • AI for ethics and fairness
  • AI for accessibility
  • AI for health and wellness
  • ML algorithms and architectures
  • Embodied ML
  • Speech and natural language
  • Computer vision
  • Information retrieval, ranking and knowledge
  • Data-centric AI

What is included?

The fellowship award comprises

  • A generous stipend for (2) academic years to help with living expenses and related expenses
  • $5,000 USD travel grant each year to support research-related travel and associated expenses 
  • Mentorship with an Apple researcher 
  • Potential Internship opportunities during their fellowship (subject to student status and relevant employment law). 

The monetary award will be directed to the nominating universities in the form of an unrestricted gift with the intention to fully support the University’s successful nominee(s), disbursed annually Award amounts will vary by country.

The award of the Apple Scholar in AI/ML PhD fellowship does not represent an employer/ employee relationship between Apple and the receiving university and/or selected student.

How to apply?

Nomination by TUM Graduate School only . 

In order to apply, please submit the complete application documents in separate PDF files to Charlotte Janosa, [email protected],  until 31 July 2024 .  Applications must be submitted by the primary thesis supervisor .

After the application deadline, the TUM Graduate School Prize Committee shall nominate the 3 most promising candidates for the Apple PhD Fellowship 2025 in AI/ML.  

Application documents

  • CV and publication list 
  • Research Abstract (200 word maximum) 
  • Research statement covering past work and proposed direction for next 2 years (5 page maximum, including citations, in a legible font size) clearly stating the hypothesis and expected contributions to the chosen research area. Personally identifiable information is redacted for phase one reviewers. We recommend not including personally identifiable information in the main body of the research statement in order to maintain research statement clarity for reviewers of the redacted copy. 
  • Two letter of recommendation, one from current supervisor (1 page maximum per letter) 
  • Transcripts of current and previous academic records (Bachelor, Masters) 

Documents must be submitted as PDF’s with the file naming convention: “Last name, First name: Research Statement”; “Last name, First name: Resume”; “Last name, First name: Letters of recommendation” etc.

Eligibility

Please note, in order to be eligible

  • Applicant must be fully registered on the doctoral candidacy list of their School (in DocGS) and be a full member in the TUM Graduate School at the time of application and expect to be enrolled through the end of the 2025/2026 academic year
  • Applicant should be entering their last 2-3 years of the doctorate as of Fall 2024.
  • Applicant must not hold an equivalent industry-sponsored full fellowship while they are an Apple Scholar in AI/ML (Fall 2025 to Summer 2028)

Contact:  Charlotte Janosa | janosa(at)zv.tum.de | 089 289 10624, TUM Graduate School, Boltzmannstr. 17, 85748 Garching b. München

All information submitted by TUM will only be used by Apple for the purposes of conducting the PhD Fellowship in AI/ML program, and will at all times be handled in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy .

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Turkiye Success Scholarship 2024 for BS, MS PhD (Check Now)

Another Scholarship in Turkiye to help international students studying in Turkish Universities. International applicants can apply for the Turkiye Success Scholarship. This scholarship is offered by the Turkish Government to fund undergraduate , Masters , and PhD students studying in the Turkish Universities. The Success scholarship is towards the Payment of the Monthly Stipend to the students who are already enrolled in a Turkish university at their own expense. The Scholarship is open to applicants from all around the world.

The success scholarship is for one year only. It promises to give a big stipend to the students so they can support themselves while living in Turkiye. Students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and meet the other eligibility requirements can get this scholarship. You don’t need an IELTS or TOEFL if you are already enrolled in a Turkish University or you have an offer of admission. Further details about the Turkiye Success Scholarship Program are provided below.

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Details About Turkiye Success Scholarship 2024

  • Host Country : Turkiye
  • Degree Level : BS, MS, PhD
  • Duration : One Year
  • Benefits : Monthly Stipend only

Also Check:  Turkiye Research Scholarship (12000 Lira/Month Stipend)

Amount of the Monthly Stipend

The Success Scholarship Program only covers a monthly stipend. (TL=Turkish Lira)

  • Undergraduate : 1400 TL
  • Master’s : 2000 TL
  • PhD : 2750 TL

Who can Apply?

  • The scholarship is open to all the Nationals.
  • Turkish Nationals can not apply.
  • Students who are already studying at a Turkish University can apply for this scholarship.
  • For Undergraduate Candidates: 70%
  • For Graduate Candidates: 75%
  • For Candidates in Health Sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy): 90%
  • For Undergraduate programs: being under the age of 21
  • For Master’s programs: being under the age of 30
  • For PhD programs: being under the age of 35

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How to Apply for the Turkuye Success Scholarship?

5 Steps to Apply Online through the Türkiye Scholarships Application System (TBBS).

  • Create your account if you haven’t created it already from https://tbbs.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/
  • Upload all the required documents and include other details as well like achievements, and activities.
  • List your University and course.
  • Write the Motivation letter about why you need this scholarship.
  • Submit your application.

The Committee will review your application and the result will be announced in October 2024. The Link to the official website is given below.

VISIT HERE TO APPLY FOR THE SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP

Conclusion : If you are an International student in Turkiye with Good academic grades and are looking for financial help, the Turkiye Success Scholarship might be a good option for you.

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Description for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

Seoul National University (SNU) is proud to announce the opening of applications for the Graduate Scholarship for Excellent Foreign Students (GSFS) Program for Spring 2025. This prestigious scholarship is designed to attract exceptional international students from around the world to pursue graduate studies at SNU. With a focus on fostering global talent, the GSFS Program offers full tuition waivers and a generous monthly stipend for up to four semesters, covering a wide range of fields including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Additionally, select recipients will receive one-way airfare to Korea, making this an unparalleled opportunity for aspiring scholars from developing countries.

Prospective applicants must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree by the time of enrollment and demonstrate academic excellence, potential for research, and the quality of their study plan. The application process involves submitting required documents such as academic transcripts, recommendation letters, a study plan, and proof of language proficiency. The deadline for applications is July 11, 2024 . Interested candidates can apply online through the SNU Office of International Affairs website and upload the necessary documents. Successful candidates will be notified via email and may be invited for an interview. Don't miss this chance to advance your academic career at one of South Korea's most esteemed universities.

Degree Level for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarships in South Korea (Fully Funded) is available to undertake Graduate level programs at Seoul National University.

Available Subjects for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.

Benefits for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

Financial Support:

  • Tuition Coverage: The scholarship covers your entire tuition fee for up to two academic years (4 semesters), excluding the application fee of KRW 90,000 which you'll need to pay during online application.
  • Living Stipend: You'll receive a monthly stipend of at least KRW 500,000 for your Master's program (lasting for 1 year) or Doctoral program (lasting for 2 years). Please note: The exact amount and duration of the stipend may vary depending on the college/school you choose. Once you receive your acceptance letter from SNU, you'll be provided with contact information for the scholarship staff at your specific college/school to inquire about further details.

Additional Support:

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will provide GSFS recipients with the following assistance:

  • Admission Documents: You'll receive a Certificate of Admission and an Information Guide.
  • Registration Help: The OIA will assist you with the registration process.

Eligible Nationalities for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

This scholarship is open to international students of all nationalities except South Koreans.

Eligibility Criteria for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

  • Citizenship: Neither you nor your parents can be citizens of South Korea.
  • Educational History: All your schooling, from elementary school through your bachelor's degree (or equivalent), must have taken place outside of Korea.
  • Academic Credentials: You must have earned a relevant bachelor's degree (or a recognized equivalent) from an accredited institution outside of Korea. For master's or combined Master's & Doctoral programs, a bachelor's degree or higher is required. For Doctoral programs specifically, a master's degree or higher is necessary.
  • Program Choice: You must apply to one of the colleges or schools specifically designated for the GSFS program for the Spring 2025 semester. (A list of these participating colleges/schools can be found elsewhere in this catalogue.)
  • SNU Acceptance: You must be not only applying to Seoul National University for the Spring 2025 semester but also be accepted for admission.

Application Procedure for Seoul National University Spring 2025 GSFS Scholarship:

Application Steps:

  • Online Application: Create an account on the Seoul National University website and submit your application electronically. You can apply for the scholarship during this online application process.
  • Application Fee: There's a non-refundable application fee of KRW 90,000 to be paid during the online application process.

Important Deadline:

Application for Admission (including Scholarship Application): July 11th, 2024 (Thursday) by 5:00 PM Korean Standard Time (KST)

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