Funding

All students admitted to the Experimental Psychology program, and who remain in good standing in the program, receive tuition, health insurance, and a stipend of $22,000 per year (paid across 12 months) for four years! 


UofL Sources of Financial Support

External Funding Opportunities for Minority Students

Travel and Research Funding

UofL Sources of Financial Support

Graduate students in good standing receive full support (tuition, health insurance, and $22,000 stipend) for four years by Graduate Assistantships, University Fellowships, and/or Minority Student Scholarships and Assistantships. 

  • Graduate Assistantships (GAs). GAs are required to work up to twenty hours per week in research, teaching, or service work closely related to their scholarly activity. GAs must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and make satisfactory progress toward a degree.  The assistantship may be renewed, subject to the satisfactory progress toward degree, successful accomplishment of GA duties, and availability of funding. GAs provide a stipend of $22,000 per year, plus full tuition and health insurance from July 1 through June 30. There is no separate application for GA positions. Applicants are automatically considered for these positions.
  • University  Fellowships. Applicants with exceptional credentials may be nominated by the Department for a University Fellowship. The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies awards University Fellowships from a pool of candidates submitted by all Departments in the University that grant Ph.D. degrees. The University Fellowship provides students with tuition, health insurance, and a $22,000 stipend for two years, assuming the student is making satisfactory progress in the program after the first year. If the student continues to remain in good standing thereafter, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will fund a GA (which could require teaching, research, or service to the university) for an additional two years. There is no separate application for GA positions. Applicants are automatically considered for these positions.
  • Minority Student Assistantships. Students with strong evidence of scholarly ability from historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, including US citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islander may be nominated by the Department for this University award. Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research or service work closely related to their scholarly activity.  Students are responsible for participation in UofL diversity activities. If the student continues to remain in good standing after the first two years, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will fund an assistantship (which could require teaching, research, or service to the university) for an additional two years. Applicants should indicate on their program application if they would like to be considered for this award.
  • A&S McSweeney Fellowships (for minority students). A&S McSweeny Fellowships supplement graduate education support and promote racial and ethnic diversity of the student population in the STEM areas. Programs may nominate students from historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, including US citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. The maximum award is a full stipend, tuition and health insurance premium. Doctoral students may receive funding up to 2 years pending a positive review after the first year.  assuming the student is making satisfactory progress in the program after the first year. If the student continues to remain in good standing thereafter, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will fund a GA for an additional two years. Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research or service work closely related to their scholarly activity. Students are encouraged to participate in UofL diversity activities. There is no separate application for GA positions. Applicants are automatically considered for these positions. 
  • Presidential Diversity Fellows Supplement. Incoming students from underrepresented groups (racial/ethnic/LGBTQ+/low SES/first-generation college student) may be nominated for a Presidential Diversity Fellowship award. Ten fellows are awarded annually and provide a supplemental stipend of $1000 to be used by the student for professional development purposes; the supplement will be awarded in two $500 installments (one in Fall semester, one in Spring), and may be used for books, research needs, conference travel, and so on. The stipend is renewed annually for up to a total of four years if the student remains in good standing and is making progress toward his or her degree. In addition to the supplemental stipend, students are required to participate in SIGS’ successful “Check-in-and Connect” professional development seminar series, which provides students with cohort support and mentoring. The Presidential Diversity Fellows program is sponsored by SIGS and the President’s office. Applicants should indicate on their program application if they would like to be considered for this award.

External Funding Opportunities for Minority Students

Underrepresented applicants and students in the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville are eligible for several external funding opportunities, including:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs 

YES! Experimental Psychology is an eligible field and our research-based Ph.D. program is an eligible program

Types of awards:

    • Predoctoral
    • Dissertation
    • Postdoctoral

Application:

      • Students apply directly to the Ford Foundation
      • Application deadlines: December

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Programs

YES! Incoming and current students at the University of Louisville are eligible! Kentucky is one of 16 member states and UofL is a participating school

 Types of awards:

      • Doctoral Scholars Program
      • Dissertation Year Fellowships

Application:

      • Students apply directly to SREB
      • Application deadline: March

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

YES! Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program is an eligible program! 

Application:

      • Students apply directly to Hispanic Scholarship Fund
      • Application deadline: April 

  

Travel & Research Funding

For more information about internal and external support for research and travel, please visit our Travel & Research Funding page.