The Department of Psychology seeks to attract doctoral students who show exceptional promise in research and scholarship. The admission process is highly competitive. All successful applicants are guaranteed at least five years of support, which includes an annual stipend of at least $26,000/year as well as full coverage of tuition, lab fees, and health insurance.

First year students are supported by fellowships, which do not have a service requirement and therefore allow full-time effort to be devoted to graduate coursework and research.

After the first year students are supported through a variety of funding mechanisms, including:

  • Research assistantships, typically funded by the research mentor’s grants.
  • Training grants obtained by groups of researchers who obtain funds specifically to support student training.
  • Individual training grants for which you can apply with the assistance of your mentor. These grants are available from federal agencies and private foundations.
  • Fellowships designed to increase diversity in science, academia, and the professions.
  • Teaching assistantships, which can involve both assisting faculty in teaching classes and teaching undergraduate courses under faculty supervision.
  • Clinical assistantships — available to students in the Medical/Clinical Psychology doctoral program — in which students provide clinical services and receive clinical training.