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 $25,000 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 $26,000 to $32,000. 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.