Each spring we admit a small number of outstanding candidates with guaranteed funding packages. It is the current policy of the Department of Philosophy to do our best to maintain financial support – in the form of teaching assistantships or research assistantships -- to all of our students who are in good standing. Assistantship appointments include a tuition waiver, a stipend, and a health insurance plan. Please note that students are responsible for paying some quarterly student fees. As Academic Student Employees (ASEs), our teaching and research assistants are represented by the UAW 4121 union.
Additional financial support is sometimes available for graduate students, including summer teaching in the third year (post-qualifying process), Melvin Rader summer stipends for innovative philosophical projects, philosophy for children fellowships, various competitive fellowships, grant-funded research assistantships, and teaching in the Robinson Center for Talented Youth. Students are also encouraged and supported to apply for externally funded fellowships.