Students admitted to the program will have a number of means to receive funding throughout the course of their studies.
All those admitted to the SIS PhD program as full-time students and who maintain good progress toward completing the degree are granted a Dean’s Fellowship in each of the first four years of study, unless a student opts to waive financial aid. There are two components to the award.
First, the School of International Service provides full tuition remission for graduate course work to meet the requirements of the PhD program. The fellowship can extend to courses taken in summer sessions during the first three years of study. Students interested in taking classes during the summer should make arrangements directly with the PhD Academic Advisor.
The second component of the Dean’s Fellowship is a stipend. The stipend is paid to the student in nine monthly installments beginning in September and ending in April and includes a faculty assistantship assignment for up to 20 hours per week. Each student works directly with a member of the SIS faculty during the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks per semester; 28 weeks for the year).
The Director of Doctoral Studies recommends to the Dean of SIS for approval FA assignments of incoming students to faculty. The Director endeavors to assign each student to a faculty member whose work is close as possible to that of the student.
The scope of a research assistant’s duties consists of aiding the faculty supervisor with research and teaching that are a direct result of obligations arising from a faculty member’s employment at the School of International Service. Both the student and the faculty supervisor are expected to keep track of hours worked.