The Department makes financial awards (Departmental or University fellowships) to about six entering students each year. Pending funding available to the department, those students who do well continue to receive financial assistance in years two, three, four and five. During that time, most will serve as teaching assistants, and in that capacity will lead discussion sections, grade examinations, and give occasional lectures to undergraduate classes. Some, however, will be invited to work as research assistants on a grant-funded faculty project.
The Department strives to ensure that all students making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D receive financial aid. However, awards may be terminated at any time if a recipient is not satisfactorily performing all duties connected with the appointment or stops making satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree. A student who fails to maintain "good standing" (see the section on Good Standing, Satisfactory Progress…) is not making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
Normally, no student will be given departmental financial support beyond their tenth semester of enrollment. In some extraordinary circumstances, however, a student may receive additional support. These extraordinary appointments are made based upon the following criteria that are ranked in order of importance:
- The teaching and other program needs of the Department
- Faculty and student evaluation of the student’s prior instructional performance
- Evidence that the student is making very strong progress towards completing the dissertation. This could include completed chapters of the dissertation, data collection and/or analysis, or other evidence that the dissertation will be finished in a timely manner.
For more information, please see the Graduate College's website.