Aid for Doctoral Students

Because our Ph.D. candidates complete extensive individualized research, we want you to complete your degree with the fewest possible interruptions, thus allowing you to move on to industry or academia expeditiously. Most of our doctoral students enroll full-time and are funded for five years. Funding includes a full-tuition scholarship, a competitive stipend in return for teaching and/or research, and health insurance benefits. Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to help you to realize the greatest return on your educational investment.

Available sources of financial support for Ph.D. students may include the following:

All awards are contingent on the conditions set out annually in the University Bulletin, including (but not limited to) satisfactory academic progress and changes in student status.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the grounds of scholarly ability and are to be used exclusively for remission of tuition fees. Full and partial scholarships are available for Ph.D. students and are generally awarded at the time of admission. Full-scholarship students are liable for all but tuition charges. Both international students and U.S. citizens are automatically considered for scholarships.

All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress. 

Fellowships

A fellowship is an academic award of honor to outstanding students to help them in furthering advanced study, research, and training in teaching. A fellowship recipient must pay tuition unless the award includes a scholarship in an amount covering tuition. Often awarded at the time of admission, fellowships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. Both International and U.S. students are considered for departmental fellowships. Fellowships are paid to students biweekly in the form of a stipend check.

Amounts of fellowships vary by program, but you will find them to be competitive with other research institutions in large, metropolitan cities.  All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress.

Assistantships

Research and/or course assistantships are available in several programs, especially the sciences. Course assistantships are available to advanced Ph.D. students to assist in the teaching and grading of courses.  Assistantships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. International students are considered with U.S. applicants for assistantships. Assistantships are paid to students biweekly in the form of a stipend check.

Health Insurance Grants

Ph.D. students who receive full tuition scholarships and fellowships/assistantships are also eligible for a health insurance grant to cover the cost of the individual student health plan offered by the University.

Dean's Fellowship

Brandeis University established the Dean's Fellowship in 1995. This fellowship was created in order to encourage students from traditionally under-represented groups in the nation's Ph.D. population to pursue doctoral study in the humanities, social sciences, and creative arts at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis. The Dean's Fellowship provides five years of funding with a nine-month stipend, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Factors considered in eligibility include: financial need, first generation status, and/or membership in the traditionally underrepresented group. In order to qualify for the Dean's Fellowship, applicants must be nominated by one of the following programs: American History, Anthropology, Comparative History, English and American Literature, Music, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology.

Students who wish to be considered for the Dean's Fellowship should express their interest in their statement of purpose included with their application.

Length of Funding
Ph.D. students who receive full tuition scholarships, fellowships/assistantships, and health insurance grants may have them renewed for up to an additional four years (for a total of five years) based on superior academic performance and satisfactory progress toward the degree. Students should check with their programs to determine the availability of funds beyond the fifth year.

Students receiving financial aid from Brandeis University, whether in the form of a scholarship, fellowship, or teaching/research assistantship, are required to maintain a superior level of academic progress. Awards may be revoked or reduced at any time for undesirable conduct or poor academic standing. All students contemplating outside employment that would require a significant portion of their time should discuss their intentions with their program adviser.

How to Apply For Loans

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Student Employment

Certificate students may work on campus to earn additional money during their time at Brandeis. Student Financial Services hosts a large database of on-campus jobs that are available to all students enrolled half-time or more.  This is often an excellent way of supplementing your income. We advise you to check with faculty advisers and current students in your program to see how much time may be available to you for on-campus employment.

Additional Resources
Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal assistance make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with standards set by the university. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences delegates the responsibility to monitor academic progress to the individual graduate programs. Admission to the Graduate School is valid for one academic year; graduate programs review students' academic progress and make recommendations for readmission annually. Any student who is readmitted for the following year is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and is eligible for financial aid from federal sources.

Students receiving financial aid from Brandeis University, whether in the form of a scholarship, fellowship, or teaching/research assistantship, are required to maintain a superior level of academic progress. Awards may be revoked or reduced at any time for undesirable conduct or poor academic standing.