Last updated May 7, 2022
As part of the series on How to Fully Fund Your Ph.D., here is a list of PhD programs in music that offer full funding to their students. A Ph.D. in Music and related disciplines opens the door to a variety of interesting careers. You could work as a performance artist, university professor, or composer, among many options.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Full funding is not universal, so it’s essential that you research the financial aid offerings of all the potential Ph.D. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools.
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Brandeis University, Ph.D. in Musicology or Musical Composition and Theory (Waltham, MA): Funding includes a competitive fellowship, a full-tuition scholarship, and health insurance benefits for five years. All doctoral candidates teach some semesters as part of their academic program.
Brown University, Ph.D. in Music (Providence, RI): All Ph.D. students receive full funding for 5 years, including costs for tuition and health insurance, plus stipends for fellowships and teaching assistantships.
City University of New York, DMA or Ph.D. in Music (New York, NY): All students admitted into the Graduate Center music programs will receive tuition remission. Most Ph.D. and several D.M.A. students will receive a 5-year Graduate Center Fellowship.
Cornell University, Ph.D. in Musicology (Ithaca, NY): Students accepted into the Ph.D. program are guaranteed five full years of financial support, in the form of two years of fellowships (usually taken in the first and fifth years) and three years of teaching assistantships.
Duke University, Ph.D. in Composition, Ethnomusicology, or Musicology (Durham, NC): All admitted students to the graduate program in the Duke Department of Music receive a Fellowship, which includes full tuition and an income stipend for the five years of the program.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Music Technology (Atlanta, GA): Our Ph.D. in Music Technology is a fully funded program, including a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. In this program, our students focus on novel research with a broad impact on music, collaborating with faculty on a variety of topics.
Harvard University, Ph.D. in Music (Boston, MA): Graduate students are awarded five years of guaranteed funding (including living expenses) when accepted to a Ph.D. program. This funding includes two years of paid teaching as a Teaching Fellow and a fully-funded, teaching-free year in which to complete the dissertation.
Princeton University, Ph.D. in Musicology and Ph.D. in Composition (Princeton, NJ): All Music Department graduate students receive a tuition scholarship and a 12-month stipend for the full five years of the program. After the five-year program, students are eligible to be nominated by the graduate school for sixth-year funding.
Stanford University, DMA in Composition, Ph.D. in Computer Based Music Theory and Acoustics (CBMTA), or Ph.D. in Musicology (Stanford, CA): In the first year, all students receive full tuition and a fellowship stipend. During years 2-5, students receive tuition and a salaried assistantship. Two summers are also provided for and include tuition and a salary as a research assistant.
Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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