University fellowships are generally granted to all entering doctoral candidates for their first year of study, thereby freeing them from the need to conduct research activities or the obligation to teach in the first year. Should a student be the recipient of an external grant or company sponsorship, the Graduate School will require that these external resources be used in lieu of University funding. When the external award fully replaces University funds, prizes and other benefits are provided.
Fellowships from University funds for entering doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences normally average $68,000 - $72,500 (representing full tuition plus the required student health plan fee plus the maximum 12-month maintenance allowance for the year beginning in September). These awards are typically renewed for the duration of the PhD program length pending successful academic progress.
In the natural sciences and engineering departments, fellowships from University funds range from $64,000 to $68,000 for the 10 month academic year, with summer support contributing up to an additional $8,000 depending upon departmental resources. These awards are typically for one year only and are replaced with research and/or instruction appointments for the remainder of the PhD program.
All fellowship stipends and assistantship salaries are taxable and are paid in monthly installments on the last business day of each month beginning in September.