Last updated February 20, 2020
In follow-up to my article on How To Fully Fund Your PhD, we began a series on fully funded PhD programs in various disciplines. If you are seeking funding for your doctoral studies, finding and entering a PhD program that offers full funding to incoming doctoral students is more achievable than winning a competitive, external doctoral fellowship. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted student full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the three to five year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching 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.
Below is a list of universities that offer full funding to all of the admitted students to their PhD programs in computer science, computer engineering and computer graphics.
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Brown University, PhD in Computer Science (Providence, RI): Provided a student is in good academic standing, Brown guarantees five years of financial support and students are typically funded through to completion.
Columbia University, Department of Computer Science (New York, NY): Most admitted students receive full financial support through Graduate Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships, which consist of a monthly stipend plus full tuition exemption
Cornell University, PhD in Computer Science (Ithaca, NY): There are three types of funding available that are awarded to our best applicants. Each of them include a full tuition waiver, an academic year stipend and a Student Health Insurance package provided through the University.
Duke University, Department of Computer Science (Durham, NC): Typically, Ph.D. students receive full funding for their graduate studies, including tuition, fees, insurance, and stipend. Stipend support comes in the form of graduate fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship.
Georgetown University, Department of Computer Science (Washington, DC): Doctoral students have full support during the academic year through scholarships and research assistantships.
Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Science (Boston, MA): All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend.
Stanford University, PhD in Computer Science (Stanford, CA): The department funds the Ph.D. candidates for the first quarter, after which he is expected to find an advisor, who usually funds them for the rest of their stay at Stanford.
University of Maryland-Max Planck PhD Program in Computer Science (College Park, MD and Berlin, Germany): Admitted students receive full financial support throughout the program, including during summers.
University of Michigan, PhD in Computer Science and Engineering (Ann Arbor, MI): The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan operates under a fully funded model for all Ph.D. students. Students receive a guarantee of full funding at the point of admission and throughout the duration of their five year program.
University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science (Toronto, Canada): The Department of Computer Science will ensure that all full-time M.Sc. and Ph.D degree graduate students receive financial support to at least the basic departmental level, provided that they are making satisfactory progress in their graduate program.
Washington University in St. Louis, PhD in Computer Science or Computer Engineering (St. Louis, MO): Our PhD students are fully funded, including full tuition support and health insurance. As a doctoral candidate, you will also receive a generous stipend to cover living expenses and a new, high-end Apple laptop computer.
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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