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The PhD program with a concentration in Medical/Clinical 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 $30,000/year as well as full coverage of tuition, lab fees, and health insurance.

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First-year students are supported by fellowships, traineeships, or research assistantships that provide ample time for students to devote 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.
  • Institutional training grants, which provide funds to groups of researchers working in a similar area who in turn award them to individual students based on a competitive application process.
  • Individual training grants for which you can apply with the assistance of your mentor. These highly competitive grants are available from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as private foundations.
  • Diversity fellowships and grant supplements, designed to enhance diversity in the sciences and academia.
  • Teaching assistantships that can involve both assisting faculty in teaching classes and teaching undergraduate courses under faculty supervision.
  • Clinical assistantships in which students provide clinical services and receive clinical training.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Conference and Travel Scholarships: The Department of Psychology encourages its graduate students to attend scientific conferences to present their research and learn about recent developments in their respective fields of study. It supports this activity through tuition and research scholarships of up to $750. Graduate students who are the first author of a poster or presentation are eligible to apply for a $750 scholarship, and students who are co-authors can apply for up to $300. Scholarships are limited to one award for the academic year (Fall, Spring, and the subsequent Summer term). Scholarship requests for non-presenters or other training will be considered on a case-by-case basis but require justification from the Program Director.

Sally and Jesse B. Milby, Ph.D., Endowed Support Fund in Psychology: Medical/Clinical Psychology students in at least their second year of graduate school are eligible to apply for funds to support research and training with minority and underserved populations. Approximately $4,000 is awarded annually based on a competitive application process. Applications for the upcoming year of support are available from the program director in mid-July, and are due at the beginning of the academic year.

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