All admitted students are supported for the PhD program. Typically, students are supported by a Faculty Fellowship in the first two years followed by a Research Assistantship in subsequent years as students work for a research group.
The Fellowship support amount increases on average 5% per year. Some students supplement their Fellowship by tutoring, teaching recitation sections, or by grading homework.
These are the Fellowship Support amounts for the current academic year:
FACULTY FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT 2012-2013
Academic Year Support 9/1/12 - 5/31/13
First and Second Year Graduate Student Student Support (FACULTY FELLOW SUPPORT)
Disbursed as Teaching Fellow salary payment and Fellowship stipend:
$7,916.75 as Teaching Fellow salary payment,
disbursed semi-monthly, September 2012 through May 2013.
Semi-monthly amount will be $439.82, processed through Payroll with withholding.
$15,833.50 as Fellowship stipend, disbursed in two (2) installments of $7,916.75
each at the start of September and January, processed through Student Services
with no withholding for U.S. citizens.
9 - Month Total = $23,750.25
* Teaching Fellow (TF) Support includes Tuition and Basic Medical Insurance.
For Comprehensive Medical Insurance coverage
Summer 2013 Support (6-1-13 through 8-31-13)
Disbursed as Graduate Research Assistant salary payment, and processed through Payroll with withholding:
$2,638.92 per month per June, July, and August 2013.
(Salary level for July and August may be increased)
3- Month Total = $7,916.75
TOTAL FOR THE FULL YEAR -- $31,667
Third-Year and Beyond Graduate Student Support
Graduate Research Assistant salary is paid semi-monthly from faculty-sponsored
research grants, through payroll with withholding.
|| 3 months
|| 9 months
| 12 months
Subsequent Years: Research Assistantship (12 months each year)
OUTSIDE SUPPORT & FELLOWSHIPS
Some students enter graduate school with outside fellowships or awards. In this case, support will be supplemented with details dependent on the amount of the outside fellowship.
SUPPLEMENTING YOUR INCOME
Students can supplement their income by:
Tutoring undergraduates privately (the Physics office keeps a list of those interested in tutoring). Rates are negotiated privately with the students seeking tutors.
Teaching recitation sections (a number of undergraduate courses have weekly recitation sections).
Grading homework (all undergraduate courses have weekly homework assignments that require grading).
Interested graduate students should contact the undergraduate secretary if they are interested in any of these possibilities for supplemental income.