Support is available for students through fellowships and research assistantships. Faculty have a number of research grants which may support graduate research assistants. In addition, students are encouraged to write grant proposals for externally funded predoctoral fellowships to provide themselves with support during their dissertation years.
Graduate departmental assistantships represent excellent opportunities for graduate students to gain hands‑on experience in the field of Medical Sociology. Assistantships are awarded based on student merit, departmental need, and available funding. Students are evaluated by the Graduate Program Committee with recommendations submitted to faculty members for funding on an annual basis.
A student may usually receive departmental funding up to and no longer than four years entering with a bachelor's degree, or up to three years entering the program with a master's degree. Students who receive funding are required to sign a contract with the Department of Sociology outlining the duties and performance expected on a yearly basis. Students are to negotiate their weekly work schedules with the respective faculty member to whom they are assigned. Any expectations of students working over school holidays or semester breaks are to be discussed and negotiated prior to signing the assistantship contract.