Next in my series on How To Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list below of universities that offer full funding to all students admitted to their doctoral programs in communications. 

In the ProFellow database, we list several competitive fellowships for graduate and doctoral study. However, to be successful in fully-funding your studies I recommend seeking out PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a university indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted doctoral student full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the four to six year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, so be sure to research the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.

Columbia University Journalism School (New York, NY): A full-time Ph.D. student is generally offered a tuition exemption during the years he or she is completing coursework. Stipends are typically awarded for three years and generally require service as a teaching or research assistant.

New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York, NY): The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offers a complete funding and mentoring program to all admitted doctoral students. 

Northwestern University School of Communication (Evanston, IL): All students who are admitted to our MA/PHD or PHD programs receive financial support packages including both fellowships and teaching assistantships. Regardless of whether applicants are domestic or international, all who are admitted to either our MA/PHD or PHD program receive funding.

Ohio State School of Communication (Columbus, OH): The School of Communication funds nearly every student we admit to our M.A. and Ph.D. programs with either a Graduate Associateship (teaching or research assistant) or some form of Graduate Fellowship (University or Enrichment Fellowship). 

Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication (West Lafayette, IN): With few exceptions, graduate students accepted into the program receive funding, contingent on fulfilling degree milestones and requirements.

Simon Fraser University School of Communication (Burnaby, B.C., Canada): PhD students are normally funded for a minimum of six of their first nine semesters.

Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY): Newhouse doctoral students are funded fully for three years and receive financial support from University Fellowships or research or teaching assistantships.

University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (Lexington, KY): Both teaching and research assistantships are available to students. Typically, all students accepted into the program are fully funded.

University of Maryland Department of Communication (College Park, MD): With rare exemptions, the program currently admits only full-time students who are funded by teaching assistantships, administrative assistantships, and/or university fellowships. The department works with students that we admit to provide these funding opportunities to support their work.  

University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (Philadelphia, PA): All ASC graduate students are fully funded for up to five years, including tuition and fees, health care, teaching and research fellowships, and dissertation research fellowships.

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© Victoria Johnson 2013, all rights reserved.

10 Responses to Fully Funded PhD Programs in Communications

  1. Aditya Veera says:

    Thank you for this post! I was wondering how to get my MA in communication funded and I stumbled across this. So encouraging :)

  2. Edith says:

    Hi. why do most American universities require English proficiency certification yet some countries in Africa use the English language for their O-level examinations? English is a compulsory subject for the entire 8-4-4 programme in countries like Kenya and all exams and classroom instructions are carried out in English.

  3. Lokesh Vachheta says:

    Dear Sir/ Ma’am,

    Myself Lokesh Vachheta.

    I’m from India and would like to pursue Phd in Communication as a distance course.

    Please advice me with more information and procedure to begin with.

    I would look forward for your earliest revert.


  4. Rodgers Irimayi says:

    I am looking for a university which assists with a full scholarship which includes air ticket from my my country Zimbabwe. My preferred area of study is media, journalism or communication. I hold a masters degree in journalism and media studies.

  5. Chandrashekhar says:

    Hi Vicki,


    I have to surely pursue a Ph.D in communications from U.S. But was unsure of the fully-funded opportunities. I came across such opportunities in Singapore as well. With a six-year experience in journalism and communication and a masters in business management, do you think, I can make it to Columbia or Steinhardt?


  6. Nataly says:

    I’m currently attending a community college and I just recently decided to major in communications. Finally found that passion and now I’m ready to tackle the obstacles. At the moment I am somewhat lost as in where to start, so if you have any other kind of information or advice I would deeply appreciate it!

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