Fully Funded PhD Programs in International Relations and International Development

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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. There are several competitive, external fellowships that fund doctoral study, but if funding is a concern, it is a better strategy to apply to 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 the 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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Below is a list of universities that offer full funding to all of the admitted students to their PhD programs in international relations, international affairs and international development:

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1. American University

(Washington, DC): All students admitted to the School of International Service (SIS), PhD in International Relations program as full-time students and who maintain good progress toward completing the degree are granted a Dean’s Fellowship in each of the first four years of study unless a student opts to waive financial aid.

2. Columbia University

(New York, NY):  All students admitted to the School of International and Public Affairs, PhD in Sustainable Development program receive a full-tuition fellowship with a stipend, as long as they are not already sponsored by their governments, employers, or a foundation. The fellowships are offered regardless of citizenship.

3. University of California, Berkeley

(Berkeley, CA): UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science supports its graduate students through a combination of department fellowships, university multi-year fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships. Most incoming students are awarded five years of funding support consisting of fees and non-resident tuition, and student health insurance. The PhD in Political Science program offers a subfield in International Relations.

4. University of Chicago

(Chicago, IL): The University of Chicago Department of Political Science guarantees full funding to students in the PhD in Political Science program, provided they remain in good academic standing. Full funding includes full tuition, a stipend, and paid health insurance premiums for the duration of their program.

5. University of Denver

(Denver, CO): The Josef Korbel School of International Studies provides a three year full tuition waiver and living stipend for most students accepted to International Studies doctoral program. In addition, doctoral candidates can take advantage of opportunities to serve as research assistants at the Josef Korbel School.

6. University of Guelph

(Guelph, Ontario, Canada): The University of Guelph offers many resources to financially support graduate students. New full-time students accepted into the PhD in International Development Studies program are guaranteed funding and can take advantage of Entrance Awards related to International Development Studies.

7. Stanford University

(Stanford, CA): The Department of Political Science offers a standard financial package to admitted students that covers the full cost of tuition and an additional amount for living expenses during the academic year. The Department provides five years of support for Ph.D. students who are making sufficient progress towards a degree. The PhD in Political Science program offers a focus in International Relations.

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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7 thoughts on “Fully Funded PhD Programs in International Relations and International Development”

  1. I need information regarding fully funded universities offering research (PhD) courses in Psychology for Indian students in Canada. I have done my masters in Applied Psychology from Middlesex University London UK. Need to join immediately/ASAP.

  2. I want details for doing Doctorate in International organisation at fully funded/ scholarship at American Universities.

  3. I am applicant to PhD program for international Relations, so I need more details on the full funded program for the fall 2014. So, how should I be beneficiary


  4. i am doing my PhD in International Relations from Pakistan.
    i want to do my PhD somewhere in Western country on fully funded/scholarship.
    is there any chance to do so?

  5. want to do a PhD in International development studies.this is what i need in my locality.can you help me out

  6. I’m interested in learning about schools in Scandinavia, Canada and Germany that provide full scholarships for a PhD in International Development.

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