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Financing Your Doctoral Degree

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Following the recommended program guidelines makes it possible for admitted students to complete their studies in four years and pursue their academic careers in other academic institutions. Thus, funding is guaranteed for four years subject to satisfactory performance. Students are expected to be involved in the Ph.D. learning experience year round and are typically funded on a 12-month basis.

Students receiving funding from Whitman can expect the annual financial support package to include:

  1. Tuition waiver for up to 24 credits a year
  2. A competitive academic year (nine months) stipend to cover living expenses
  3. Fringe benefits (e.g., health insurance coverage)
  4. Summer research grants to support work on mentor-directed projects
  5. Travel funding to academic conferences in your area of specialization

*Applicants admitted with the financial support package are required to provide academic service (e.g., serve as teaching/research assistant) for 20 hours weekly and/or teach courses.

Financial support package for year 5 may be available, in cases where strong teaching credentials can be demonstrated and, more importantly, when the research pipeline is promising such that an additional year in the program is likely to improve notably the job and publication prospects; else, self-funding is the default.

We accept applicants with external funding subject to the same admission criteria. 

Other Financial Awards and University Fellowships

Information on scholarships and other financial awards can be found here and at the Graduate School's online directory of financial support for Syracuse University graduate students.

Graduate Fellowships are awarded to select students in all areas of study that have outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions in their future professions. The dean of Syracuse University’s Graduate School selects University Fellows based on the recommendation of a faculty advisory committee. Fellowships consist of an academic year award plus a full-tuition scholarship of up to 30 credits for the academic year. Fellowships are typically awarded for two, non-consecutive years, with additional summer funding also available. Applicants should consult the Graduate School website for information.