External Support

Receiving an outside scholarship or fellowship is a great benefit to your career both while in graduate school and after graduation. Visit our list of grant opportunities or the Graduate Division website for possible funding opportunities. You may also speak with your Fund Manager for information about applying for extramural funds, or to our Extramural Funds Officers. We encourage all graduate students to apply for fellowships and scholarships; every such award reduces the financial burden on the department and makes it easier for us to honor our commitment to all students.

The Psychology Department encourages grads to obtain outside funding. The base support level for 1st year grads is $25,000 and for 2nd - 5th year grads is $24,000 (provided they maintain good academic standing and have a record of successful past TA performance). For 2nd-4th year grads, this support ordinarily comes in the form of 2 TAships, 1 Associate (in lieu of TA) position and a small stipend. For 5th year grads, this support ordinarily comes in the form of 3 TAships and a small stipend. Grads also have the option of taking one of their TAships in an earlier year (2-4) and postponing a quarter of Associate (in lieu of TA) employment until the 5th year. A grad who receives outside funding will receive 100% of their external award plus our $24,000 support package up to the Graduate Division maximum for the academic year. Any amount of departmental support above this maximum is not paid (including over summer). If the fellowship award specifically disallows TA effort, work, or service, the amount of department support will be correspondingly limited. Grads have the option of declining the Psychology portion of their award package, thereby releasing them of TAships if their fellowship covers fees or if they are willing to cover fees themselves. Please contact the graduate coordinator for details pertaining to specific awards.

GSRs Paid on Ladder Rank Faculty and Adjunct Grants

Full year GSRships through faculty replace departmental support; the department will still supplement up to the base support level, just not beyond. Those students who are supported as GSRs for the full year may defer their TAship to another year, but would still have to complete their 4 required TAships before graduation.