The University of Chicago offers a fully funded PhD Program in Physics. During the first year of the doctoral program, a student typically takes introductory graduate courses and usually serves as a teaching assistant. The student is encouraged to explore research opportunities. After admission to candidacy and identification of a research sponsor, the student begins dissertation research and has the opportunity to work with other departments and laboratories to broaden the scope of their research. PhD students are supported through tuition payment, health insurance and living stipends.