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Graduate Program

Financial Aid

Full and partial tuition scholarships are available to most Ph.D. students, and teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis for students with good academic standing. Incoming doctoral students demonstrating exceptional research ability will be nominated for the prestigious Provost fellowship and the Dean's fellowship awards, which provide additional support over and above the stipend. These fellowships are competitive and a department usually nominates a few students from the incoming pool for these awards.

To find out about financial aid, please visit Tufts Graduate Financial Aid.

Teaching Assistantships
The department awards teaching assistantships to full-time Ph.D. students on a competitive basis. A teaching assistant (TA) is responsible for one or two courses per semester and receives a stipend in addition to a full-tuition scholarship. TAs are appointed every semester; there is no separate application. For non-US students, a minimum score of 100 points on the internet-based exam is required to be considered for a TA.

Teaching assistantships are a half-time position (20 hours per week). Given that courses and research take the other half of a student's time, it is generally not appropriate for a student to have an outside job. Failure to comply with this policy can lead to termination of all financial aid.

TA assignments are made at the beginning of each semester. Specific requirements for each assignment (grading, office hours, etc.) are determined by the faculty teaching each class. At the end of the semester, faculty will submit a written evaluation of the TA performance. Subsequent TA appointments will be contingent positive evaluations.

Research Assistantships
Research Assistants (RAs) are sponsored by individual faculty members to work on specific research grants for a stipend and a tuition scholarship. RA stipends are determined by the faculty member supporting the student. RAs are appointed as funding becomes available. It is the responsibility of the student to find an advisor who will offer them funding. RAs receive a stipend in addition to a full-tuition scholarship.

Research assistantships are a minimum half-time position (20 hours per week), but may be higher depending on the expectations of the advisor. Given the focus on research duties, it is generally not appropriate for a student to have an outside job. Failure to comply with this policy can lead to termination of all financial aid.

RAs are expected to be on campus for a large fraction of their time. Excessive absences or lack of progress on research are grounds for termination of the RA support.

To find out about financial aid, please visit Tufts Graduate Financial Aid.