Fully Funded PhD Programs in Communications

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University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication Fully Funded PhD in Communications
University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication offers PhD students full funding for up to five years

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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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1. Columbia University, Journalism School

(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.

2. New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

(New York, NY): The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication offer a complete funding and mentoring program to all admitted doctoral students. 

3. Northwestern University, School of Communication

(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.

4. Ohio State, School of Communication

(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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. University of Pennsylvania, 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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14 thoughts on “Fully Funded PhD Programs in Communications”

  1. Thank you for this post! I was wondering how to get my MA in communication funded and I stumbled across this. So encouraging 🙂

    1. Glad this is helpful! It is generally easier to get university funding for a PhD than a stand-alone MA, so that is something to consider when you are planning to continue your education.

  2. Hi. why do most American universities require English proficiency certification yet some countries in Africa use the English language for their O-level examinations? English is a compulsory subject for the entire 8-4-4 programme in countries like Kenya and all exams and classroom instructions are carried out in English.

  3. Dear Sir/ Ma’am,

    Myself Lokesh Vachheta.

    I’m from India and would like to pursue Phd in Communication as a distance course.

    Please advice me with more information and procedure to begin with.

    I would look forward for your earliest revert.


  4. I am looking for a university which assists with a full scholarship which includes air ticket from my my country Zimbabwe. My preferred area of study is media, journalism or communication. I hold a masters degree in journalism and media studies.

  5. Hi Vicki,


    I have to surely pursue a Ph.D in communications from U.S. But was unsure of the fully-funded opportunities. I came across such opportunities in Singapore as well. With a six-year experience in journalism and communication and a masters in business management, do you think, I can make it to Columbia or Steinhardt?


  6. Hi. My husband has done BSc in electronics and communication. Now, he want to apply for a PHD program through funding in Germany. Where can we get total funding and help. Thanks.

  7. I have done my Master in Journalism and Mass Communication under Utkal University , Bhubaneswar, India. I want to apply for a PHD programme Through funding in Germany or USA. Looking for total or partial funding. Please suggest. Thanks.

  8. It is stated that i am a female journalist from Pakistan and have been working in the field of journalism for the past fifteen years. Now i want to enhance my professional skills and expertise and intend to do Ph.D in journalism from this prestigious university. I have been working on Malala Yousaf Zai’s representation in Pakistani English print media and want to extend this work in a doctorate research project but this desire is now hampered by my limited financial resources. My work on the way Malala Yousaf Zai’s struggle has been perceived and portrayed in Pakistani English print media will prove quite beneficial in the understanding and challenging of the ways gender discrimination works in Pakistani society. It will pave the way for the understanding of the ways in which a more moderate environment with regard to girls education and empowerment in a conservative society can be built and sustained. To achieve this very purpose, i need financial assistance to secure admission in Ph.D programme. My limited resources do not allow me to contribute for the betterment of my society. It is hence humbly requested that kindly provide me with financial assistance so that this dream of mine may be fulfilled.
    Looking forward to positive and considerate response.

  9. Hi I am a masters student of mass communication university of Lagos and I want to apply for my PhD in a school I USA for full or partial funding .pls suggest thanks.

  10. Hello,
    I have MSc. in Mass Communication. I need information on PhD Scholarships in Canada or UK for Development Communication. Any idea please..?

  11. I, Amore have masters in Agricultural communication, would like fully funded PhD in communication related course in s university in Miami. Pls recommend. Thanks

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