Last updated July 22, 2022
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 PhD programs in communications.
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 Ph.D. programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a university indicates that they provide full funding to their Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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(New York, NY): A full-time Ph.D. student is generally offered a standard financial aid package that can include tuition exemptions, coverage of medical fees, and a stipend. Some services as a teaching or research assistant are required.
(New York, NY): The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offer a complete funding and mentoring program to all admitted doctoral students.
(Evanston, IL): As a doctoral student in Communication Studies, you’ll receive five years of university funding. Nine months of funding is through a graduate assistantship; during the summer months, it is through a fellowship. Both include a stipend and tuition waiver.
(Columbus, OH): The School of Communication funds every student they admit to M.A. and Ph.D. programs with either a Graduate Associateship or some form of Graduate School Fellowship. Ph.D. students receive a $2,364/month stipend plus a tuition waiver for a nine-month assistantship for four to five years depending on prior academic experience.
(West Lafayette, IN): With few exceptions, graduate students accepted into the program receive funding, contingent on fulfilling degree milestones and requirements. Stipends funding is comparable to other Big Ten universities and peer institutions.
(Syracuse, NY): Newhouse doctoral students are funded fully for three years and receive financial support from University Fellowships or research or teaching assistantships.
(Lexington, KY): Both teaching and research assistantships are available to students. Typically, all students accepted into the program are fully funded.
(College Park, MD): All of our Ph.D. students are funded. For students entering with a bachelor’s degree, assistantships are guaranteed for five consecutive years, as long as the student remains in good standing and is making satisfactory progress toward their degree.
(Philadelphia, PA): All ASC graduate students are fully funded for up to five years, including tuition and fees, health care, teaching and research fellowships, and dissertation research fellowships.
(Boston, Massachusetts): All Ph.D. students in Emerging Media Studies are funded for the duration of their study, up to a maximum of five years. Funding includes a full tuition scholarship, health insurance credit, and stipend in return for teaching and research obligations.
(Eugene, OR): If you’re admitted to our Communication and Media Studies Doctoral program, the School of Journalism and Communication provides four years of graduate employment funding that covers your entire tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend to offset the costs of living. The monthly Stipend is $1,757.
(Minneapolis, MN): All accepted to the program receive five years of full funding support. Full support involves a 50% appointment as a graduate instructor or teaching assistant for a normal academic year. The current salary is about $18,907.
(Lubbock, TX): Most of our full-time Ph.D. students are funded. For out-of-state students, the funding package covers out-of-state tuition and fees. In addition, funded students receive a generous stipend for their graduate assistantship duties.
(Los Angeles, CA): The USC Annenberg School of Communication provides funding to all doctoral students for up to five years, contingent on satisfactory academic progress. Funding packages include up to 12 units of tuition per semester, payment of all required health care fees, and a monthly stipend totaling $34,000 annually.
(Orono, ME): Funding options are more diverse for Ph.D. students, but Ph.D. students who are eligible for three years of funding, and may petition for a fourth year. All funding is awarded on an annual, renewable basis based on the candidate’s academic progress and job performance. There are competitive Summer research fellowships. Assistantships include a stipend, a full tuition waiver, and health insurance.
(Seattle, WA): Graduate assistant appointments are continuing commitments offered at the time of admission and reviewed annually. The department maintains approximately 35-40 assistantships, which are merit-based awards available to students in the M.A./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs. The vast majority of these are teaching assistantships that provide a salary, a partial waiver, and health insurance coverage.
(Boulder, CO): All entering Graduate students are currently funded. Ph.D. students are supported throughout the academic year by teaching and research assistantships. Financial support is also available for conference travel, research projects, and, frequently, summer research and teaching.
(Ann Arbor, MI): The PhD program provides assistance to all admitted students for the full five years of their study. They offer students a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships that include a full tuition waiver for each term of enrollment, and a stipend (ranging from $10,200 to $10,500 per term).
(College Station, TX): Full-time doctoral graduate students are often funded through departmental graduate assistantships. All funded graduate students serve as teaching assistants, research assistants to graduate faculty in the department. Communication graduate assistants receive funds for tuition and a 9-month stipend of $18,000. Additional summer teaching appointments are sometimes available.
(Ithaca, NY): Once admitted, all students are fully funded by the Department for five years through assistantships and/or fellowships, provided suitable progress is being made toward completing the degree.
(Tucson, AZ): In addition to aid available from the University office of Financial Aid, The department offer paid teaching assistantships to the majority of students admitted into the graduate program. Teaching assistantships come with a tuition waiver, health/accident insurance, and an annual stipend. Research assistantships, merit-based fellowships, and scholarships are also available.
Graduate students receive teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships during their time here, which means no student is admitted to the program without funding. Graduate students’ tuition fees, health insurance, and campus-based fees are all covered, and the graduate students receive a monthly stipend over a 9-month period.
For application tips on applying to a PhD program, see How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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