Graduate Assistantships and Awards
Full-time Ph.D. graduate students receive financial assistance in the form of Teaching
Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or Fellowships. Scholarships may also be
awarded to supplement an assistantship. These are available to qualified students
on a competitive basis.
Currently, the total net stipend of $24,000 is available to entering students. U.S.
citizens with outstanding qualifications are eligible for various fellowships and
scholarships, which can raise the net stipend from $25,000 to $31,000. Qualified PhD
applicants are automatically considered for fellowships and scholarships (no separate
application is necessary).
A Teaching Assistant (TA) usually functions as an instructor in an undergraduate laboratory, and spends approximately
20 hours per week in the performance of these and other teaching duties.
Research Assistantships (RAs) are available through grants obtained by individual faculty members. RAs perform
only research with no teaching duties.