Last updated February 20, 2020
As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students with an Anthropology focus. PhDs in Anthropology can lead to a variety of exciting careers, including academia, museum work, resource management, and forensics, among others.
“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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Boston University (Boston, MA): Each year, The Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers incoming PhD. students Dean’s Fellowships, which include full tuition, a living stipend, and health insurance for five years
Brown University (Providence, RI): The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support, including a stipend, tuition remission, health services fee, and health and dental insurance subsidies.
Duke University (Durham, NC): Graduate Fellowships provide tuition plus a living stipend for five years, contingent on continued appropriate progress toward the Ph.D. degree. Stipends and fellowships require service in the form of teaching assistance. Other university awards are given on a competitive basis to outstanding students. These include the James B. Duke Fellowships, International Fellowships, and Deans’ Fellowships.
Emory University (Atlanta, GA): The Department of Anthropology funds all its graduate students and keeps its class size small to maximize financial support and faculty responsiveness to the needs of each student. Anthropology Graduate Fellowships cover tuition costs and afford an additional 12-month living stipend of at least $31,000/year for five years, pending satisfactory progress.
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): The financial aid for the PhD in Anthropology features guaranteed funding for the first five years to all PhD students, and a variety of funding options and fellowships to other students.
The City University of New York (New York, NY): Beginning in Fall 2013, all students admitted to the Anthropology Doctoral Program will receive full tuition fellowships for five years of study. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to establish New York State residency to maintain full fellowship coverage in years 2-5. Many students will also receive Graduate Center Fellowships (GCFs) that include stipend/research support of $25,000 annually.
The University of California – San Diego (San Diego, CA): Graduate students receive financial support for up to eight years. A portion of the stipend/salary will be paid through an academic student employment (ASE) which includes graduate student researchers (GSRs), teaching assistants (TAs) or readers for an undergraduate course. Each of these employments covers tuition, graduate student health insurance (GSHIP) and has a monthly salary. The remainder financial support will be in the form of a Research Fellowship to work on a research project of their own.
The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): KU Anthropology is committed to providing four-year funding packages to admitted graduate students. The majority of departmental funding for graduate students in anthropology comes in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions. GTA and GRA positions include a full tuition waiver and health insurance with KU paying 75% of the premium.
The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN): All students admitted to the PhD program are offered a five-year funding package, contingent on satisfactory progress toward degree. The funding package provides payment of tuition up to 14 credits per semester, partial payment of the health insurance premium, and a stipend.
The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA): All accepted full-time PhD applicants are offered the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship which includes the cost of tuition, fees and health insurance as well as providing an annual stipend.
The University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA): All incoming students for the PhD are supported with a five-year funding package as well as additional grants for foreign language study, conference travel, and preparatory research during summers.
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