Last updated January 28, 2021
As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students 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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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): In general, Ph.D. students are funded on financial aid packages that consist of a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Research Assistantship (RA) salary component, plus a tuition component. TA or RA assignments are made by the faculty Discipline Group Director at the beginning of each term.
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. The defined Ph.D. program length is generally five years. Princeton provides a minimum level of annual support that includes full tuition and fees support and a base stipend amount. This base stipend is intended to support the estimated living expenses of a single graduate student during each year of regular enrollment.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland): 100% is the standard employment of doctoral students at ETH. The salary should be high enough to fully support you for the time of the employment. Individual adjustments will take into account professional experience, children etc. Generally, doctoral students should devote their full working time to their PhD research. However, if desired, they may assist in teaching one or two courses during their appointment.
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (Oslo, Norway): AHO usually has an intake of four internally funded Ph.D. candidates per year. AHO offers three year stipends with a possible extra year of institutional commitment.
The University of Maryland (College Park, MD): The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation anticipates approximately three research assistantships available to students in the Ph.D. Program in Urban and Regional Planning and Design each year. Students may also find financial support on faculty research projects and with teaching possibilities in our master’s programs. Compensation for assistantships includes tuition remission for up to 10 credit hours per semester, plus a stipend. For more information contact:
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