Financial Support for Graduate Students

Get paid to get your Ph.D.!

ALL students admitted to our doctoral programs, 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 at least four years.
Students in our program are supported through one or more of the following mechanisms:

 

Graduate Assistantships 

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are required to work up to twenty hours per week in research (GRA), teaching (GTA), or service in work that closely related to their scholarly activity. GAs are provided a stipend of $22,000 per year, plus full tuition and health insurance from July 1 through June 30. 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. 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 Graduate School 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 McSweeny Fellowships (for URM 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.