Graduate Student Financial Support

The Department’s Graduate Faculty of Mathematics believes that an important component of a high quality Ph.D. program is the availability of adequate financial support for its students.  We are committed to providing full financial support (tuition, plus salary or stipend, and medical benefits) for every Ph.D. student who is making satisfactory progress in the program for the duration of his or her studies.  While uncertainties in funding make it impossible for us to make firm guarantees, as a matter of practice, over the past several years all students in good standing have received support for at least six years.  Most students are supported by University Teaching Assistantships or Fellowships.  Some students are supported by external funds.  The department encourages students to seek such external support, especially in the case of students who are continuing past their fifth year of studies.

Teaching Assistantships:  This is the most common type of support.  Teaching Assistantships are nine month positions.  Students are required to teach, grade papers, and hold office hours.  In 2012, the salary for a Mathematics Ph.D. Teaching Assistant was approximately $25,000.  This includes full tuition, salary or stipend, medical coverage, and fees.

University Fellowships for entering students. There are several fellowships that are awarded on a university-wide basis to entering students. Students who apply to the Ph.D. program are automatically considered for these fellowships. Normally, University Fellowships are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  The fellowships include a stipend of up to $30,000, tuition, medical coverage, (but not fees which are approximately $1,500.)

University Dissertation Fellowships: These are University-wide fellowships available, on a limited basis, to students who are expected to complete their dissertation during the 5th year of their studies.

Non-University Funding:  Many of our faculty members have grants from the National Science Foundation.  Some of the grants provide support for graduate students.