As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students in Africana Studies. PhDs in Africana Studies can lead to a variety of careers in academia, culture work, and more.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which is usually 3-6 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully-fund their doctoral students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA): All applicants will automatically be considered for fellowship awards. All students in good standing are provided full tuition and living stipends.
Brown University (Providence, RI): The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support, including a stipend, tuition remission, a health-services fee, and health- and dental-insurance subsidies. Financial aid for master’s students is determined within each program.
Cornell University Graduate School (Ithaca, NY): The Graduate School supports 97% of on-campus students in research Ph.D. programs through funding packages that include tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living allowance or stipend.
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): Our financial aid program features guaranteed funding for the first five years to all PhD students, and a variety of funding options and fellowships to other students.
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL): Students admitted to the PhD program typically receive five years of funding, including a fellowship in the first year and teaching and research fellowships or departmental assistantships in subsequent years. Students will also receive summer support for five years. Fellowships and assistantships cover the full cost of tuition and provide a stipend.
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH): In addition to university-wide fellowships awarded directly by the Graduate School on a competitive basis, the Department offers financial support to graduate students in the form of teaching associateships (TA), research associateships (RA) or administrative associateships (AA).
Penn State University (State College, PA): All graduate students in good standing receive full financial support for five years. Students in our programs usually work as teaching assistants. The program also supports participation in academic conferences and provides funds for summer study and research.
University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX): Ph.D. candidates are automatically considered for funding during the graduate admissions process; no separate fellowship application is required. A typical award includes a combination of university and department fellowships, and teaching and graduate research assistantships.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI): The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies is able to guarantee 3-4 years of funding for students in the Ph.D. Program. Most admitted Ph.D. students are funded via academic-year Teaching Assistantships, which require approximately 20 hours of work per week. In addition to their stipends (approximately $13,750 per academic year for a teaching assistant), these appointments include full remission of tuition (both in-state and out-of-state tuition), as well as benefits such as low-cost health insurance.
Yale University (New Haven, CT): Ph.D. students at Yale are normally fully-funded for a minimum of five years. During that time, our students receive a twelve-month stipend to cover living expenses and a fellowship that covers the full cost of tuition.
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