Last updated February 20, 2020
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 doctoral 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 PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a university indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD 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 PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Columbia University Journalism School (New York, NY): The standard financial aid package offered to full‐time Ph.D. students consists of a living stipend and a tuition exemption for up to three years.
New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York, NY): The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offers a complete funding and mentoring program to all admitted doctoral students.
Northwestern University School of Communication (Evanston, IL): All students who are admitted to our MA/PHD or PHD programs receive financial support packages including both fellowships and teaching assistantships. Regardless of whether applicants are domestic or international, all who are admitted to either our MA/PHD or PHD program receive funding.
Ohio State School of Communication (Columbus, OH): The School of Communication funds nearly every student we admit to our M.A. and Ph.D. programs with either a Graduate Associateship (teaching or research assistant) or some form of Graduate Fellowship (University or Enrichment Fellowship). Ph.D. students receive funding for three to five years depending on prior academic experience ($2,193/month stipend plus tuition waiver for a nine month assistantship; $1,980/month stipend for ABD students)
Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication (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.
Simon Fraser University School of Communication (Burnaby, B.C., Canada): PhD students are normally funded for a minimum of six of their first nine semesters.
Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY): Newhouse doctoral students are funded fully for three years and receive financial support from University Fellowships or research or teaching assistantships.
University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (Lexington, KY): Both teaching and research assistantships are available to students. Typically, all students accepted into the program are fully funded.
University of Maryland Department of Communication (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.
University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (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.
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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