The Department of Psychology guarantees five years of fully funded financial support for all students who are admitted to the PhD program, contingent upon satisfactory performance and degree progress. Financial support includes full-time tuition, subsidized health insurance, and a nine-month stipend. Each academic year, financial support comprises some combination of the following options depending on your student goals and the sources of funding available.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion: The Department of Psychology values a diverse academic environment. In keeping with our commitment to recruiting the brightest graduate students of all backgrounds and experiences, we offer several financial resources and funding opportunities specifically for students of underrepresented groups.
We make every effort to match teaching assistant assignments with a student's interests, experience, and career goals. Teaching assistant duties may involve assisting students with coursework during office hours, managing classroom logistics and equipment setup, copying course materials, and administering exams and grading. Teaching assistants may be also be responsible for website maintenance and student email correspondence. Teaching assistants who are selected to be section leaders lead their own classes within the "team" structure of a number of our larger undergraduate classes. Continued appointment to teaching assistant positions depends on satisfactory performance of the assigned duties and satisfactory degree progress.
For the 2015–2016 academic year (September to May), teaching assistant stipends range from $7,683 for a 25-percent appointment to $15,366 for a 50 percent appointment. An assistantship entitles you to resident tuition rates, a tuition waiver equal to twice the percentage of your appointment, and subsidized health insurance.
Research assistants are chosen directly by the faculty member who is the principal investigator of a particular research project being conducted at the University of Minnesota. Research assistantship duties vary, but all offer the student a chance to become actively involved in research. The stipend and health and tuition benefits for a research assistantship are the same as those for teaching assistants listed above.
University Graduate Fellowships
University fellowships intended for recruiting outstanding new students to the University's graduate programs will be available. These fellowships provide a stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance. In the academic year 2015–2016 the fellowship stipend is $25,000.
The Department of Psychology also awards some departmental fellowships from funds allocated by the Graduate School. The departmental fellowships are usually combined with a teaching or research assistantship and include tuition and subsidized health insurance benefits.