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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.
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 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.
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