Graduate Funding & Fellowships

The Philosophy Department generally provides at least five years of financial support to eligible admitted students.  Financial assistance consists of Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Grants, and Health Insurance (GSHIP).

Tuition grants for domestic non-resident fees are provided to qualified out-of-state graduate students during the first year. Students are expected to establish residency by the end of the first year, after which time non-resident fees are not applied.

Students can obtain other forms of support by seeking external Fellowships, Fulbright, and Grants. Other forms of support are need-based and administered through the Office of Financial Aid.

For more information on Admission and Fellowships, contact Michael Nelson, Director of Graduate Admissions, or visit the Graduate Division’s website.

International Applicants

Admitted international students are also offered Fellowships that include non-resident tuition for at least five years.

We encourage international applicants to also apply for external funding, or through the Fulbright Program.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards

This award is intended to honor current Philosophy graduate students who have papers accepted for a presentation at an academic conference, and to aid in their professional development, by helping them cover travel expenses. This policy will be reviewed from year to year based on available funding.

$250 total per year to present at a domestic conference

$750 total per year to present at an international conference

To receive the award for presenting at a conference, please follow these guidelines:

Submit a copy of the conference program listing your paper, or an official letter of acceptance from a conference committee, or session chair to Crystal Petrini ( along with a brief paragraph stating your name, student ID#, title and date of the conference, and title of your paper.

  • You must be an enrolled graduate student to receive this award
  • Awards will be directly deposited to your student account shortly after approval
  • You are limited to a total $1,000 in a combination of travel awards/reimbursements for the current academic year (July 1-June 30)
  • Please note that this is an award, not a travel reimbursement, and should not be noted as additional funding in conjunction with the GSA travel reimbursements. Apply to the GSA for travel funding first (and in your application you may note that you are not receiving travel funds from the Department).

Graduate Student Association Awards

The Graduate Student Association also offers funding for travel. You are eligible for $300 each academic year to attend a conference. If you are speaking at a conference you are eligible for more money. The amount varies depending upon the location of the conference. Currently the GSA offers $600 for the Southwest, $800 for the Continental US, and $1,100 for the rest of the world. These caps are re-evaluated monthly based on the availability of funds. You must request these funds before the first of the calendar month prior to the month during which you will be travelling. For example, you must submit your request on April 1st if the event is being held on May 20th. You can determine how much you are eligible to receive, and you can find forms to submit requests at