About PhD Fellowships
Fellowships are PhD students’ equivalent of scholarships. As independent young adults, most PhD students lack parental support or savings with which to launch their careers. Many bring with them substantial debt from undergraduate study. We lose the best graduate applicants to better-funded peer universities when our financial offers, typically including tuition waiver and a cost of living stipend, fail to compete.
When your gift supports fellowships, you enable our outstanding graduate programs to make strong offers and bring in more students, and you enable students to proudly identify themselves as holders of prestigious fellowships as they focus on their studies rather than on making ends meet. Fellowships are awarded by the central University Office of Graduate Studies based on faculty ratings of the best and brightest applicants across all PhD programs.
How You Can Help Advance Knowledge
The University’s schools and departments invest some operating funds to support our PhD students – funds that are already stretched thin by faculty and staff salaries. Because resources are constrained, these schools and departments must limit the number of PhD students they can support.
Help us make the world ever better. Your generosity can increase the number of PhD students in our programs, support their research, and ease their financial burdens. These students are doing work that affects—and even transforms—the way we look at and understand our world.
Your help can make a significant difference, as our ability to attract the best and brightest students depends significantly on the financial package we can provide them. Please join us.
For more information about supporting PhD Fellowships, contact:
Stephen A. Dare
Senior Associate Vice President