Doctoral Program Funding and Research Support

Doctoral students receive significant funding to ensure that they are able to immerse themselves in the program. Effective July 1, 2014, all admitted doctoral students are eligible to receive a scholarship that will cover all tuition and fees plus a $24,000 stipend for up to 5 years. Students in years six and beyond will receive an 82 percent tuition benefit. Students may also apply for three years of summer support (for $3,000 per summer), contingent on student submission of a summer workplan to pursue continued doctoral study activity. 

The doctoral program involves a full-time commitment. Stipend support is provided in order to allow students to concentrate their time and energy on fulfilling the requirements of the program, developing their scholarship, and completing their doctoral studies in a timely manner.

Many SSA doctoral students receive additional funding through outside training and fellowship programs. SSA students have been very successful in obtaining competitive fellowships and awards from entities such as the National Institutes of Health, the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program Fellowships, the Fahs-Beck Fund, and the University of Chicago Center for Gender Studies.

As part of their financial aid packages, students are expected in their first two years to work as research assistant with an SSA faculty member for 10-12 hours each week and for three years as a teaching assistant (usually during years three through five).

Advanced doctoral students wishing to supplement their aid packages have access to opportunities to teach in the master's program and to serve as university resident heads.

The SSA Office of Grants and Contracts provides support to doctoral students in:

  • Funding Opportunity Searches
  • Proposal Planning and Development
  • Central Administration/Sponsor Liaison
  • Award Administration
  • Financial Management/Coordination of Financial Reports to Sponsors

SSA also supports doctoral students to travel for presentation of papers.