Funding Options

Overview

The Department of Education Reform offers graduate assistantships and can nominate successful applicants for competitive merit-based fellowship awards. Graduate assistantships offer qualified applicants a full tuition waiver, a health insurance benefit, plus an attractive annual stipend. They allow the student to gain valuable experience by participation in supervised large research projects for 20 hours per week in the Department of Education Reform.

Many other avenues for financial assistance exist as well. More information may be obtained from Costs and Funding.

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships (DDF)

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships are combined with graduate assistantships to provide a package of stipends totaling $36,600 per year (2019-2020 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 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 $14,600 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 $36,600. 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)

Doctoral Academy Fellowships are combined with graduate assistantships to provide a package of stipends totaling $26,600 per year (2019-2020 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 $12,000 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 $14,600, 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 $26,600. 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.