As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded PhD programs in Nursing. A PhD 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.
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(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.
(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 graduate education. CSON graduate students receive financial assistance through internal and external sources—including scholarships, fellowships, grants, teaching and research assistantships, and tuition remission.
(New York, NY): Columbia Nursing provides three years (eight semesters) of funding for tuition, related fees, health insurance, and a stipend for full-time Ph.D. students. The annual stipend amounts to $41,520.
(Durham, NC): Ph.D. 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.
(Atlanta, GA): All full-time admitted students are granted a 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.
(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.
(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 the following years.
(Vancouver, BC, Canada): All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2021 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.
(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 years four and five.
(San Francisco, CA): In-state tuition/fees and a stipend are covered for our Ph.D. students for the first three years. For the fourth and fifth years, funding support is contingent on scholarship and grant funding availability.
(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.
(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.
(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 the following years through assistance with student applications for a wide range of funding for continued Ph.D. study and research.
(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.
(Charlottesville, VA): All admitted students to the PhD program are eligible to be awarded four years of scholarship to cover tuition, insurance, and fees, in exchange for serving as a GTA for 10 hours per week.
(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.
(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, and American Nurses Foundation, among others.
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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