Fully Funded PhD Programs in Nursing

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The University of Pennsylvania fully funds PhD students in Nursing

As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students in Nursing. PhDs in Nursing can lead to a variety of careers in academia, healthcare, and more.

“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which is usually 3-6 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully-fund their doctoral students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.

The ProFellow database for graduate and doctoral study also spotlights external funding opportunities for graduate school, including dissertation research, fieldwork, language study, and summer work experiences.

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Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis (Sacramento, CA): Each student admitted to the doctoral degree program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support to cover in-state tuition, fees and additional expenses. Students are also eligible to apply for additional funding through various external sources.

Boston College Connell School of Nursing (Chestnut Hill, MA): We fully fund every full-time student’s tuition, fees, & insurance for three years. The Connell School and Boston College offer multiple opportunities to fund a graduate education. CSON graduate students receive financial assistance through internal and external sources—including scholarships, fellowships, grants, teaching and research assistantships, and tuition remission.

Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth (Houston, TX): Doctoral Fellows will receive funding for full tuition and fees on a semester basis. As long as the Fellow is in good academic standing and meets the established objectives and benchmarks, she or he will continue to receive financial support for their education. Funding amounts are adjusted per the student’s approved part-time or full-time degree plan.

Columbia University School of Nursing (New York, NY): Columbia Nursing provides three years (eight semesters) of funding for tuition, related fees, health insurance, and stipend (based on current NIH rates) to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Tuition and Fees, Health Insurance are covered and an annual Stipend of $25,320 is provided.

Duke University School of Nursing (Durham, NC): PhD student tuition and 12-month stipends are fully funded for the first two years of the program. Tuition and 9-month stipends are fully funded in years 3-5 and students have the option to apply for competitive summer stipends in years 3-5. Additional financial support for health insurance and fees is available. 

Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (Atlanta, GA): All full-time admitted students are granted full tuition waiver and receive an annual stipend of $31,000 over 12 months in exchange for teaching and research services. These awards are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, for a total of four years.

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (New York, NY): Our full-time PhD students are guaranteed three years of funding, consistent with our peer institutions. Students receive tuition and stipend support for a three-year period; however, the College encourages and offers resources for students to prepare proposals for predoctoral funding either through the National Institutes of Health or other organizations.

The Johns Hopkins University School Of Nursing (Baltimore, Maryland): Most full-time Johns Hopkins Nursing PhD students are 100% funded with a stipend for the first three years of study. Additional financial support is made available in following years. 

The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada): Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based and need-based. All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD.

University of California Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing (Irvine, CA): Financial support is guaranteed for the first four years of the PhD program. Funding sources are available in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, campus scholarships, and grant awards. Students are especially encouraged to apply for grant funding in year four and five.

University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA): In-state tuition/fees and a stipend are covered for our PhD students for the first three years. For the fourth and fifth years, funding support is contingent on the availability of scholarship and grant funding.

University of Michigan School of Nursing (Ann Arbor, MI): The UMSN is committed to assisting students with the financing of their nursing education and as such offers an attractive funding package (e.g., full tuition support, monthly stipend, and health insurance) that enables students to study full-time (available to students in the 3-year Accelerated or 4-year Traditional Programs) while providing the opportunity to gain valuable research experience learning from their faculty research mentor.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Philadelphia, PA): Full-time doctoral students are funded for the first four years, which includes a living stipend and covers tuition, fees, and health insurance. Students may be funded internally or externally, depending on funding options available.

University of Rochester School of Nursing (Rochester, NY): All full-time UR School of Nursing students are 100 percent funded with full tuition waivers and an additional cost-of-living stipend of $25,000 for the first four years of study. Additional financial support is facilitated in following years through assistance with student applications for a wide range of funding for continued PhD study and research.

University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Toronto, Ontario): The base funding package normally consists of 3 elements: Tuition fee, Award and Teaching Assistantship. Overall, the minimum value of the base funding package is $17,250 plus the tuition fee, or approximately $25,050.

University of Virginia School of Nursing (Charlottesville, VA): We provide 4 years’ free tuition and generous annual stipends for ALL admitted students. All US citizens and permanent residents admitted to the PhD program are eligible to be awarded two to three years of scholarship to cover in-state tuition, including summers during that time period. In exchange, all PhD students serve as a GTA. Full-year GTAs earn a modest stipend and receive health insurance.

Western University School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Ontario, Canada): Western guarantees minimum annual funding for doctoral students, from all sources, of $13,000 plus tuition. In addition to the financial support available from federal and provincial sources and research grant support, Western offers a variety of internal awards.

Yale University School of Nursing (New Haven, CT): All students are fully funded, including tuition, healthcare, and a monthly stipend for 4 years. Students are mentored to seek additional funding for their dissertation, including NIH (F31), Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Foundation, among others.

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