Financial Aid for Ph.D. Students

PhD students who don't already have external fellowships are typically awarded full fellowship support at the time of admission, including tuition, fees, and stipend. This support is maintained through successful performance in the program and in the lab of the student's advisor. Some students also attain additional competitive fellowships (see below) as well as other external fellowships after they matriculate.

Additional Competitive Fellowships

Selected PhD students may also be nominated by our program for additional prestigious fellowship opportunities. These awards are summarized below, and many are also described at the Graduate School website on competitive fellowships.

  • Dean's Graduate Fellowship
    This is a four-year award, which provides payment of tuition, fees, and stipend. It is especially targeted for students from under-represented minority groups. Funded through the Graduate School.
  • J.B. Duke Fellowship
    This fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend supplement for four years. Funded through the Graduate School.
  • Biomedical Graduate Fellowship
    These fellowships are provided to students who - by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences - contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. $5,000 stipend supplement for the first 2 years of graduate study.
  • The Chancellor’s Scholarship
    For International students, this award provides 2 years of full support. Domestic and international students all receive a one-time $5000 stipend supplement.
  • Dept of Energy Health Physics Fellowship
    ​Up to $50,000 per year for up to 3 years.
  • Carey E. Floyd, Jr., Graduate Fellowship
    The award provides a stipend supplement of $1000 for one year.