The Department of Philosophy offers students in its Ph.D. program a five-year financial aid package with an entry stipend of approximately $14,000 per academic year (2009-10 half-time teaching assistantship figure) plus tuition and health care benefits. Students must be in good academic standing in the program to receive the aid.
Teaching or research assistantships or fellowships (or a combination of them) provide the stipend. The tuition benefit covers the cost of tuition for up to 14 credits per semester. The health care benefit pays for the medical and dental insurance for an academic year. In addition to the assistantships and departmental fellowships, MacArthur Scholar fellowships, various fellowships administered by the Graduate School, and others fill out the financial aid package.
Following the first year, students in good standing will receive $3,000 of summer research funding (contingent upon budgetary availability and approval).
The teaching assistantship is the most common form of support for our graduate students. First-year students typically hold a quarter-time teaching assistantship and a quarter-time departmental fellowship in their first semester. They then hold a half-time teaching assistantship in their second semester. From the second year on, students who are teaching assistants usually hold half-time appointments. In their capacity as assistants, half-time teaching assistants work approximately 20 hours per week during the term of appointment.
Students in their first several years of the program who are teaching assistants conduct discussion sections in an introductory course taught by an instructor or serve as graders for a more advanced course. Fourth- or fifth-year students with teaching assistantship appointments generally teach their own introductory-level philosophy courses in the evening through University College.
Some students are appointed as research assistants to assist individual faculty members with, for example, a book publication or grant research.
The Department of Philosophy provides some fellowship support from its own resources. These fellowships generally provide a stipend of $16,000. There are also select fellowships that derive from specific endowments and are awarded competitively (more details).
In addition, the Department nominates prospective and continuing graduate students for the Graduate School and other fellowships listed below. In 2009-10, those fellowships generally provided a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and health care benefits. Philosophy graduate students have been very successful in the competition for these awards. These fellowships may be for a period of one to three years of funding and are intended for recruiting outstanding new students to the University's graduate programs. Prospective students must be nominated by their chosen major field early in the spring semester for entry in the following fall semester.
The DOVE Fellowship seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Programs are encouraged to consider students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the graduate programs. Ten fellowships are awarded annually by the Graduate School to first year graduate students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens and permanent residents). Prospective students must be nominated by their chosen major field early in the spring semester for entry in the following fall semester.
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The MacArthur Program is an interdisciplinary program that promotes graduate study and research on issues of peace, global change, social power, and justice. The program provides fellowships for students in their first and fourth years, while the Department provides support in the form of assistantships for the other years.
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These fellowships are available to Ph.D. candidates who have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation. Candidates must be nominated by their graduate program. In 2009-2010 these fellowships carry a stipend of $22,500 plus tuition and health care benefits.