As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your PhD, here is a list of universities that fully fund PhD students in Nutrition and Food Science. PhDs in Nutrition and Food Science 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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Baylor University, PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences (Waco, Texas): Depending on funding availability, we typically accept 2-3 new students per year into this program. Doctoral students are usually funded to work on Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology grants, research, or assigned as TA’s. The stipend for this assistantship is currently set at $24,000 paid out across all academic terms (fall, spring, summer) beginning in fall 2019. In summer, you will be working primarily as a research assistant.
Columbia University, PhD in Nutrition and Metabolic Biology (New York, NY): Doctoral students normally receive the annual prevailing stipend and appropriate tuition and health fees for five years, provided that they remain in good academic standing and, in the case of student officers, have discharged responsibly their pedagogical or research duties. For doctoral candidates in Humanities and Social Science departments, as well as Mathematics and Statistics, this includes five summers of support.
Cornell University, PhD in Food Science (Ithaca, NY): Only applicants for whom we can identify funding for will be admitted to our program. Graduate assistantships include: full tuition, health insurance and an annual stipend of approximately $36,000. Renewal of financial support each semester is contingent upon academic performance constituting good standing in the graduate field and satisfactory performance in any teaching or research responsibilities.
New York University Steinhardt, PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics (New York, NY): The department offers our full-time doctoral students a competitive funding program that includes tuition and living expenses and includes teaching opportunities, and faculty mentoring. All doctoral applicants regardless of citizenship will be considered for scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our generous funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission.
University of British Columbia, PhD in Food Science (Vancouver, BC, Canada): All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 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.
University of Michigan, PhD in Nutritional Sciences (Ann Arbor, MI): All students admitted to one of our doctoral programs are considered for financial support. There are four types of financial support that we offer our students: Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA), Training Grants and Fellowships. Many of our students are offered funding through these opportunities.
University of North Carolina Greensboro, PhD in Nutrition (Greensboro, NC): Many full-time graduate students are supported by research assistantships. The standard stipends for the 9-month academic year are approximately $16,150 for 1st year doctoral students. These assistantships require 20 hours of service per week. Also, some assistantships are available during the summer. Merit-base and minority-presence fellowships and scholarships are available during the academic year.
University of Saskatchewan, PhD in Food Science (Saskatoon, SK): Students accepted into the M.Sc. and PhD programs receive financial support from their supervisor’s research funds. Students are also able to apply for academic awards and funds to support the student experience. In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students.
University of Utah College of Health, PhD in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (Salt Lake City, Utah): The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers financial assistance to most students through the award of Teaching (TA) and Research (RA) Assistantships. These positions provide financial assistance to graduate students in exchange for teaching/research and/or service related work for the department. A full assistantship provides a tuition waiver and a stipend paid throughout the academic year; these are usually reserved for doctoral students.
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