All graduate students admitted to the doctoral program are awarded research stipends in the forms of assistantships, traineeships, fellowships, and minority-assistance programs. In addition, students are provided tuition waivers that cover all the required coursework, and a prepaid healthcare insurance program. There are no assistantships restricted to teaching; rather all students participate in teaching as part of their educational training. Students who remain in good standing receive support throughout their graduate career from a combination of grants, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and other university funds. Special additional fellowships awarded by the department can be viewed at the Awards and Fellowships page.
Applicants for the Fall semester should have all of their application materials submitted to the department by January to be in the best position to compete for admission. Outstanding students are encouraged to compete for National Science Foundation and Howard Hughes Pre-doctoral Fellowships.