Last updated May 7, 2022
As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded PhD Programs in Architecture. PhDs in Architecture open the door to many opportunities, leading to careers in research, teaching, or consulting.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as a yearly stipend or salary during the entire program, which is usually 3-6 years. Students usually teach or complete research in their field of study for funding. 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 Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Ann Arbor, MI): Ph.D. in Architecture is committed to funding each admitted student for four years of the expected time to complete the degree, including an annual stipend, full tuition, and health care during the academic year (Sept–April). Additional years of funding may be available through graduate student instructorships, research assistantships, and other sources.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, MA): Financial aid offers are guaranteed for the length of the residency requirement of the degree. In order to retain departmental funding, a student must be registered full-time, hold a 4.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year, and fulfill the Department’s English as a Second Language requirement.
University of Pittsburg (Pittsburg, PA): Students in our graduate program enjoy five years of fully funded, year-round support regardless of whether they enter with a BA or an MA degree.
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ): Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Princeton provides a minimum level of annual support that includes full tuition and fees support and a base stipend amount.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland): The PhD Program offers supervision and funding for doctoral students through a fellowship programme. Employment positions are available for a duration of 3 years. The salary should be high enough to fully support you for the time of the employment.
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Oslo, Norway): Candidates financed through AHO’s own PhD positions or by external financed AHO projects are employed by the school and receive a monthly salary during the PhD education period. AHO only accepts fully financed external Ph.D. candidates. Financing for three years of full-time studies must be documented.
Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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