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Funding for PhDs

All joint PhD students are fully funded via a combination of fellowships and teaching or research assistantships for at least five years. All first-year students will receive a fellowship. Funding in subsequent years differs from program to program; generally support comes from two to three years of teaching and then an additional one to two years of fellowship. Women’s and Gender Studies doctoral students have been very successful in receiving fellowships, both internal (e.g. Rackham Predoctoral, Institute for the Humanities, Barbour) and external (e.g. Ford, NSF, AAUW). Summer funding opportunities vary from program to program. Women’s and Gender Studies doctoral students have been successful in securing funding through the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), Women’s and Gender Studies annual summer funding process, Sweetland Dissertation Writing Institute, etc. We work with each student to identify appropriate summer funding sources.

At the time of application to the program, no separate application for financial aid is required. All admitted students will receive a complete funding package that is explained in detail in their admissions letter. Once a student has matriculated, some competitive fellowships may require separate applications as described below. Please note that these lists are not exhaustive.