Fully Funded PhD and MFA Programs in Creative Arts, Writing and Film

May 29, 2013 • Views 87,530

Last updated January 3, 2017

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 and MFA programs in creative arts, writing and film.

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.

Brandeis University, PhD in Musicology or Musical Composition and Theory (Waltham, MA): Most of our doctoral students enroll full-time and are funded for five years. Funding includes a full-tuition scholarship, a competitive stipend in return for teaching and/or research, and health insurance benefits.

Cornell University, MFA in Creative Writing (Ithaca, NY): Our small size allows us to offer a generous financial support package that fully funds every student.

University of Michigan, MFA in Art & Design (Ann Arbor, MI): Students receive full tuition funding for this unique three-year program.

University of Pittsburgh, PhD in Film Studies (Pittsburgh, PA): All PhD students making satisfactory progress as students and teachers receive funding in the form of non-teaching fellowships in their first year and, for four or five subsequent years, appointments as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows. These fellowships and TA and TF appointments provide full tuition remission and a stipend, and the TA and TF appointments include medical benefits.

University of South Carolina, MFA In Creative Writing (Columbia, SC): The MFA at Carolina is pleased to provide fellowship and/or assistantship funding to all accepted students, earning our program the designation of “fully funded” from Poets and Writers.

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