Last updated January 13, 2020
As part of the series on How to Fully Fund Your Ph.D., here is a list of Ph.D. programs in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and related fields that offer full funding to their students. A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice & Criminology opens the door for jobs in law, with government agencies, and in academia, among others.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Full funding is not universal, so it’s essential that you research the financial aid offerings of all the potential Ph.D. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools.
You can also find several external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, including opportunities for funding for dissertation research, fieldwork, language study and summer work experiences.
American University, Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Criminology (Washington, D.C.): Students selected for AU funding are granted a fellowship with full funding for four/five years of study. As a requirement for the fellowship, students work 20 hours a week with a faculty member. If at all possible, our graduate office will assign students to faculty members with expertise in their areas of research interest.
Arizona State University, Ph.D. in Justice Studies (Tempe, AZ): Each year we admit the number of doctoral students who can be fully-funded with graduate fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. These awards cover your tuition, health insurance, and also carry a stipend. Continuation of fellowships and assistantships are contingent upon funding, satisfactory progress toward the degree, and satisfactory performance in research and teaching assistantships.
Georgia State University, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice & Criminology (Atlanta, GA): Students admitted to the doctoral program in criminal justice and criminology are typically offered a graduate assistantship that includes a yearly stipend of $18,000 and a full tuition waiver.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (New York, NY): Criminal Justice core specialization students recieve a Graduate Center or John Jay fellowship that includes tuition, a $26,000 stipend, and health insurance for 5 years. Students receiving these fellowships are assigned as research assistants in the first year, and as teaching assistants or adjuncts years 2-5.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Criminology (Indiana, PA): Graduate assistantships at IUP are selectively awarded to highly qualified master and doctoral graduate students. Twenty-hour and 10-hour assistantships are available and are paid a stipend, currently up to $25,000 per year, including full or partial tuition waivers.
Northeastern University, Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Policy (Boston, MA): Students of this full-time, fully-funded Ph.D. program complete the degree in five years on average. Additionally, Ph.D. students are offered several benefits throughout their studies, including extensive summer research opportunities for students, one semester off from graduate assistantship responsibilities, and experiential and dissertation completion fellowships.
University of California – Irvine, Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Society (Irvine, CA): Ph.D. students in CLS are eligible for 12 quarters of support as a Teaching Assistant (TA), making this the most common means of financial support. A Teaching Assistantship is not only an important means of financial support (a monthly salary plus fees and tuition coverage), but the work also serves a vital role in training Ph.D. candidates, particularly those who intend to pursue academic careers.
University of South Florida, Ph.D. in Criminology (Tampa, FL): The department has funds to support selected graduate students. A Graduate Assistantship provides a $15,000 annual stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance. Students receiving these assistantships work 20 hours per week. These are awarded on a competitive basis and all applicants are considered.
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