Last updated January 29, 2021
As part of my series on How to Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list of universities that offer full funding for a PhD in Mathematics. A graduate degree in Mathematics can prepare you for a career in many different fields including science and engineering, banking, finance, research and academia.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the three to six-year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your 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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Baylor University, Department of Mathematics (Waco, TX): Funding for the first four years of the PhD is automatic and includes a $22,500 per year stipend and full tuition remission plus health benefits.
Cornell University, Department of Mathematics (Ithaca, NY): All full-time students in Applied Mathematics receive a full support package and are guaranteed five years of funding, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Mathematics (Philadelphia, PA): Full-time students admitted to our Ph.D. program are offered a financial support package combining fellowships and teaching assistantships. The package covers tuition and fees, health insurance and also provides a stipend for five years.
Princeton University, Department of Mathematics (Princeton, NJ): Princeton guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Ph.D. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment. Over a Ph.D. student’s years of regular enrollment, this funding may come from a variety of sources, which in combination provide a minimum level of annual support that includes full tuition and fees support and a base stipend amount.
Rice University, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (Houston, TX): The fellowship for PhD students includes a stipend for living expenses from the department and a tuition waiver from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Historically, doctoral students who have performed well continue to receive financial support in the form of research assistantships during their entire doctoral studies.
Stanford University, Department of Mathematics (Stanford, CA): All admitted PhD students who make satisfactory progress are fully funded for five years. Funding sources include department fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships.
Syracuse University, Department of Mathematics (Syracuse, NY): There will be an estimated 10-12 teaching assistantships for 2020-2021. In AY 2019-2020, the stipends were between $19,000 and $22,500 and each teaching assistantship includes a tuition scholarship for 24 credit hours per academic year.
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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