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.
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, Program of Computer Graphics (Ithaca, NY): Most students who enroll for a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in computer graphics have been fully funded throughout their graduate academic career.
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 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 Paderborn, PhD in Computer Science (Paderborn, Germany): Paderborn University was one of the first institutions in Germany to offer international students fully funded PhD programs in English, and to combine these with organized cultural events and soft skill training.
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.
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