Financial Aid for PhD Students

Graduate school is an expensive undertaking, requiring a significant investment of time and financial resources. The University of Michigan, through a combination of college, departmental and graduate school resources, is happy to share in that investment, significantly reducing the financial burden on our doctoral students.

At present, new doctoral students enter the program with a funding package sufficient to cover tuition, insurance, and living expenses for the first five years of study. This section describes additional resources, beyond the Ford School's funding package, that are available to every student.

A Typical Path

Years 1 to 5:

Students have funding commitments from the Ford School. Support combines fellowships (ordinarily during the first and fifth year) and teaching or research assistant positions as laid out in the student's offer of admission. Students often pursue other sources of funding to reduce teaching loads or gain stipend support that is higher than the Ford School fellowship.

Year 6 and beyond:

It is not uncommon for students to take more than five years to complete their degree. However, funding beyond the fifth year is not guaranteed. As long as a student remains in good standing within the program, the college offers a tuition fellowship for tuition expenses in the fall and winter semesters. The tuition fellowship cannot be used in the semester when a student files the dissertation. Students remain responsible for registration fees, insurance, and their living expenses. Many students obtain external sources of support.

Fellowships from external sources often offer very generous multi-year packages of support. Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may especially wish to investigate the...

Several additional fellowships are open to U.S. minority applicants: