Funding Your Graduate Physics Degree
In general, first year students are eligible for graduate assistantships. Merit-based financial support for Graduate Students is available through graduate research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships. Each category of support is awarded annually on a competitive basis. Award recipients are expected to perform specified duties for 15 hours per week during the academic year. The responsibilities, often described as an internship, are defined and evaluated by the academic department or the Graduate School depending upon the appointment.
Other internal funding sources:
Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Assistantship is awarded to new Ph.D. students who wish to pursue a degree in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The award package includes tuition and a stipend of $18,000 for the academic year.
Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Graduate Assistantship is awarded to new Ph.D. students in the behavioral and social sciences or arts and humanities disciplines. The ward package includes tuition and a stipend of $18,000 for the academic year.
The Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars Fellowship is designed to recruit academically talented students with an interest in college or university teaching to pursue Ph.D. studies from all disciplines to Howard University. The award includes tuition and an $18,000 stipend per year of eligibility. The award is offered for up to five years to new students matriculating from a baccalaureate degree and up to three if enrolling from a master’s program. All applicants must be nominated by the academic chair to compete for this fellowship.
The Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistantship is designed to support new and continuing students who were McNair scholars as undergraduates. The McNair assistantship is available on a competitive basis to students pursuing doctoral studies from all disciplines. This award is offered for up to three years including a tuition waiver and a stipend of $13,000 per year of eligibility.
The Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) program is funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the production of Ph.D. recipients who become college professors in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AGEP fellowships are available on a competitive basis for new and continuing students pursuing doctoral studies in STEM disciplines. The award provides a tuition waiver and stipend between $15,000 and $18,000 per academic year. The award is offered for up to five years to new students matriculating from a baccalaureate degree and up to three if enrolling from a master's program. The award duration for competitive continuing students is offered on a case by case basis.
The Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship is available to academically talented Ph.D. students in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physiology who demonstrate financial need from underrepresented groups. The fellowship is a twelve-month appointment which provides a tuition waiver and stipend between $18,000-$21,500 for three years. All GAANN inquiries and applications are reviewed by the academic chair of the identified departments. Contact department chair for nomination information.