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.

Boston College, Lynch School of Education (Boston, MA): The Lynch School offers competitive full funding packages for full-time Ph.D. students during their first three years of study through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.  Assistantships provide both critical training and funding packages that include a monthly stipend, tuition remission, and individual health insurance coverage.

Drexel University, School of Education, PhD in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies (Philadelphia, PA): This program will be limited to a cohort of full-time students for whom full funding is available and who will be fully embraced as members of the School of Education.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.): All students in the Ed.L.D. Program receive a full tuition funding package, which also includes stipend support in years one and two, as well as a paid residency in year three.

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (New York, NY): The Steinhardt School offers all full-time Ph.D. students a complete funding and mentoring program.  All students offered admission to our Ph.D. programs are awarded a full funding package and are assigned to a faculty mentor.

Stanford University, Graduate School of Education (Stanford, CA): Students in the Ph.D. programs are automatically funded through a combination of fellowships and assistantships for the first four years of their graduate studies. Funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward the degree requirements.

University of Colorado, School of Education, PhD in Education (Boulder, CO): Doctoral students admitted and attending the School will be provided with three years of funding. 

University of Michigan, School of Education (Ann Arbor, MI): Nearly all School of Education doctoral students receive full funding to cover tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and health insurance. 

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education (Philadelphia, PA): Students in Ph.D. programs generally receive multi-year financial packages to cover tuition, fees, health insurance and a living allowance or stipend.

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 over 450 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.

© Victoria Johnson 2013, all rights reserved.

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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?