Support of doctoral students in the Department of Philosophy takes the form of tuition grants, Fellowships and Assistantships. University stipends for entering students are currently $18,000 per year, and there are various special fellowships (Sproull, Provost’s, and Slattery) that carry higher stipends ($22,000-$25,000). Support usually continues through five years of graduate work. All awards are in the form of fellowships, with no teaching duties during the first year of graduate work. Service as a teaching assistant or instructor is required in subsequent years.
Financial aid is generally not offered to students in the MA program.
Nearly all Philosophy PhD students receive financial aid for up to five years. Most receive Tuition Scholarships and University Fellowships in their first year with a teaching assistantships in subsequent years.
Outstanding philosophy graduate applicants are nominated to a University-wide competition for Sproull Fellowships. These fellowships substantially increase the annual stipend for philosophy students to whom they are awarded.
Humanities and Social Science students who are about to write doctoral dissertations may be nominated for Ball Dissertation Fellowships. These Fellowships support dissertation research for one year.