Financial Support

Doctoral students in good standing typically receive tuition and stipend support through fellowships or assistantships.

During the academic year, many hold teaching assistantships, averaging 15 hours per week, with responsibilities including laboratory supervision, grading, or tutorial and help sessions. Classroom teaching opportunities are also available for the interested student. During the summer, most students hold research assistantships. After candidacy, the majority of students are supported through research assistantships during the academic year as well.

A variety of fellowships are available to first-year physics graduate students on a competitive basis, including Notebaert, Schmitt, Luce, and Deans’ fellowships.

Research assistantships also provide eleven or tweleve months of support with no teaching duties and are awarded as funds are available from external research contracts.

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