Funding Options

Overview

The Department of Education Reform offers competitive merit-based fellowship awards, providing full tuition plus an attractive annual stipend for qualified applicants. An additional stipend is given to all fellows through the award of a Graduate Assistantship, allowing the student to gain valuable experience by conducting research for 20 hours per week in the Department of Education Reform.
Many other avenues for financial assistance exist as well. More information can be obtained from Funding Your Graduate Degree.

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships (DDF)

Recipients of the DDF are provided with a package of stipends totaling $36,000 per year (2017-2018 academic year), a tuition waiver, and further benefits. The awards may be renewed for up to three years following the initial year while maintaining normal progress in the degree program.
The DDF fellowship stipend is valued at $22,000 and paid out in 12 equal monthly installments while enrolled. Distinguished Doctoral Fellows concurrently hold a half-time, 12-month Graduate Assistant position in the Department of Education Reform, requiring 20 hours of research work per week. This assistantship comes with an annual stipend of $14,000 while enrolled, a full tuition waiver for degree-related coursework, and a partially subsidized health insurance program. Students are responsible for miscellaneous fees. The assistantship stipend is in addition to the DDF stipend for a combined annual income support of $36,000. In order to be considered for a DDF, all application materials must be on file at the Department of Education Reform no later than January 10.

Doctoral Academy Fellowships (DAF)

The Department of Education Reform can nominate qualified applicants to be considered for Doctoral Academy Fellowships. Doctoral Academy Fellows receive a package of stipends totaling $24,000 per year (2017-2018 academic year), a tuition waiver, and further benefits. These awards may be renewed for up to three years following the initial year while maintaining normal progress in the degree program.
The DAF fellowship provides a $10,000 annual stipend. Doctoral Academy Fellows concurrently hold a half-time, 12-month Graduate Assistant position in the Department of Education Reform, requiring 20 hours of research work per week. This assistantship comes with an annual stipend of $14,000, a full tuition waiver for degree-related coursework, and a partially subsidized health insurance program. Students are responsible for miscellaneous fees. The stipends are paid out in 12 equal monthly installments while enrolled. The combined annual income support for a Doctoral Academy fellow is $24,000. In order to be considered for a DAF, all application materials must be on file at the Department of Education Reform no later than January 10.
 
The fellowship support is intended to permit students to focus on mastering the content of the program and progressing towards their degree. Students are prohibited from working outside of the Department while in the doctoral program unless they receive written approval to do so.