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 education, international education and educational leadership.
You can find several competitive, external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, but it is useful to seek out PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted 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, which is why I recommend researching 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.
Boston College, Lynch School of Education (Boston, MA): The Lynch School offers competitive full funding packages for full-time Ph.D. students during their first three years of study through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Assistantships provide both critical training and funding packages that include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and individual health insurance coverage.
Drexel University, School of Education, PhD in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies (Philadelphia, PA): This program will be limited to a cohort of full-time students for whom full funding is available and who will be fully embraced as members of the School of Education.
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.): All students in the Ed.L.D. Program receive a full tuition funding package, which also includes stipend support in years one and two, as well as a paid residency in year three.
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York, NY): The Steinhardt School offers all full-time Ph.D. students a complete funding and mentoring program. All students offered admission to our Ph.D. programs are awarded a full funding package and are assigned to a faculty mentor.
Stanford University, Graduate School of Education (Stanford, CA): Students in the Ph.D. programs are automatically funded through a combination of fellowships and assistantships for the first four years of their graduate studies. Funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward the degree requirements.
University of Colorado, School of Education, PhD in Education (Boulder, CO): Doctoral students admitted and attending the School will be provided with three years of funding.
University of Michigan, School of Education (Ann Arbor, MI): Nearly all School of Education doctoral students receive full funding to cover tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and health insurance.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, PhD in Education, Culture & Society (Philadelphia, PA): All PhD students receive four years of tuition, a living stipend, and health insurance.
Vanderbilt Peabody College, College of Education and Human Development (Nashville, TN): Students admitted to the program typically receive full tuition support, health insurance, and graduate assistantships that cover living expenses. A significant proportion of students also receive scholarships that increase their level of financial support.
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