The department considers all incoming Ph.D. students for financial aid. For first-year students, these awards are generally made in the form of a university fellowship, teaching assistantships, or some combined package. Awards will be made by the last weeks in March and will be offered, as far as our resources allow, to the most likely qualified applicants.
Because of our limited funds, we encourage all students to explore other sources of support at the same time. In the past, institutions such as the National Science Foundation, English Speaking Union, and the Danforth Foundation have provided graduate students with support. Some nationally sponsored fellowships (for example, the Javitz Fellowship) award support for a number of years at one time. Once here on campus, a student may qualify for low-interest loans and work-study opportunities. Sometimes students in our department are able to qualify for teaching assistantships in other departments, such as Mathematics, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Physics (among others).