Funding Opportunities

The Department of Psychology guarantees five years of full 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 a student’s 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 graduate students of all backgrounds and experiences, we offer several financial resources and funding opportunities specifically for students from underrepresented groups

Teaching Assistantships

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 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 the satisfactory performance of the assigned duties and satisfactory degree progress.

Research Assistantships

Research assistants are chosen directly by the faculty member who is the principal investigator of a particular research project typically being conducted at the University of Minnesota. Research assistantship duties vary, but all offer the student a chance to become actively involved in the research.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Services Award (NRSA) training grants (T32) enable institutions to make awards to individuals selected by them for predoctoral and postdoctoral research training in specified shortage areas. The Department of Psychology has a T32 Training Program in Genetic and Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Addiction. There also are a number of other opportunities to work as a trainee within or outside the Department. 


External Fellowships

These fellowships come from organizations outside of the University. There are a number of external fellowships for which students are eligible, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

University Graduate Fellowships

The University provides funding for fellowships to recruit outstanding new students to the University's graduate programs. These fellowships cover a stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance. One example is the Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship (DOVE)

Departmental Fellowships

The Department of Psychology also awards a number of departmental fellowships. The departmental fellowships are usually combined with a teaching or research assistantship and include tuition and subsidized health insurance benefits. Students receive information about available departmental fellowships annually.