Fully Funded PhD Programs in Education

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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 education, international education and educational leadership.

You can find several competitive, external fellowships in the ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study, but it is useful to seek out PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. 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 four to six 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.

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Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, PhD in Education (Cambridge, MA): Harvard provides full financial support for Ph.D. students for all five years of the program.

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, PhD (New York, NY): NYU Steinhardt awards all students (including international students) who are offered full-time admission to our PhD programs a full funding and mentoring package.

University of Colorado, School of Education (Boulder, CO): Admitted doctoral students received four-year funding packages including a stipend and a tuition grant equal to the cost of tuition (in-state and out-of-state).  

University of Michigan, School of Education (Ann Arbor, MI): In this program, you’ll receive funding to cover tuition, along with a stipend for living expenses during the fall and winter semesters, and Grad Care health insurance for the entire year.

Vanderbilt Peabody College, College of Education and Human Development (Nashville, TN): Students admitted to the program typically receive full tuition support, health insurance, and graduate assistantships that cover living expenses. A significant proportion of students also receive scholarships that increase their level of financial support.  

To view more than 700 professional and academic fellowships, including fellowships for graduate and doctoral study and pre- and post-doctoral research, sign up to view ProFellow’s fellowships database.

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  • J. Adekoya

    Thank you so much for compiling this useful information. Finally a resource that cuts out the fat and leans right into the meat of the information!

  • sachin

    Now I am doing Master in Marketing & Management from India Pune University.
    So I have dream that I want do PhD in Retail which is in the abroad and I am unable do that due to fund so I need guidance of fully funded PhD program.

  • Binod k.c

    I am Binod k.c from Nepal. I have a masters degree in management. I have an education of 17 years, can I apply for Phd or not. To apply for Phd I need the education of 18 years or I can study by 17 years. What percentage is needed in masters to apply for the Phd. I hope for the reply.


    I am a professional teacher and need to do my PhD on scholarship as i cannot foot the the fees

  • mark

    Hi I have interest in obtaining a phD in education how do I apply for a scholarship?



  • Lekha Erandi Karunadasa

    I am Lekha Erandi,Lecturer in Mass communication ,Open University of Sri Lanka. I’m interested in the field of development communication, women and media and Environmental communication. For my post graduate studies, I did the research based on religious communication. Now I already submitted my MA thesis, it is based on communication for community development. Through study,I strongly believe that communication is the bridge to empower grass root people. My basic degree and post graduate programs were done locally. But as an academic I hope to explore my knowledge widely. and I hope to start my PHD studies in a foreign university as believe that explore would be more important to develop academic credentials.i would like to get some information about fully funded phd in mass communitarian.

  • Kissi Siaw Phili

    I hold Masters in Mathematics Education. Is it possible for me to get fully funding PhD in Mathematics Education to offer. Thank you.

  • Afework Alaro

    Now I am on the way o finishing M.A in educational leadership and management in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) university. I wish to continue PhD as soon as possible in abroad country…….Could you please help me?


    I have Masters in Educational management and I would like to do a PhD in the same field but I have no money.Help me get a scholarship.I will be grateful.Thank u.

  • Ram Bahadur Hamal

    i want to do my phd in education.i have completed my master in education.
    But i need full funded scholarship.How is it possible?

  • http://www.bugemauni.ac.ug Moses Kibalirwandi Muhindo

    How can I get funding as a Ugandan who has MA Education and worked for six years as adjunct a lecturer in Education.


  • Guru Tej S

    Thank you very much… The information was useful.

  • Andrew Simpson Miller

    This is really good information.

  • Ferdinand

    OK, BUT what is their application based acceptance rates? That is, how many valid applications do they get and how many applicants are then offered acceptance letters?

  • Meg

    I just applied to a PhD program at Drexel’s School of Education. Fully Funded co-horts are not available. It is $1100 per credit, plus fees…

    • Vicki Johnson

      Hi Meg, thanks for this update! I will look into this and remove Drexel from this list.

  • Tracy

    Very useful information you’ve presented here after scouring the internet for weeks. This term fully funded was the buzzword I was missing. Now to find fully funded PhD programs that can be done online with minimal residency so I don’t have to uproot my family and my current teaching load. Are there
    any online programs that are fully funded?

    • Vicki Johnson

      Tracy, I have not been able to find any so far. Online programs are typically offered by for-profit universities. However, if you can find a 3-year PhD position that does not require the normal 2 years of course (typically you need to have a Master’s/postgraduate degree already to be eligible for these), you may not need to be in-resident. These programs are more common in Europe, Asia and Oceania. Thus you might spend some time abroad to get started, and then could complete your PhD dissertation remotely. This would require negotiation with your supervisors.

  • Q. Floyd

    Do you have any information about fully funded Ed.D programs?