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Letter from the President and Provost about the Increased Base Stipend Rate

Modified: May 27, 2015

Dear Members of the Northwestern Community,

We are pleased to share an important development regarding graduate education at Northwestern: Beginning September 1, 2015, the base stipend rate for PhD and MFA students in The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern will increase to $29,000 per year from the current $22,992 per year.

Graduate education is a key component of Northwestern’s research mission, and graduate students are critically important members of our community who contribute great dynamism and creativity to our research and academic environment. Graduate students support the research of faculty, teach and mentor undergraduate students, contribute to the discovery of new knowledge, and collaborate with postdoctoral fellows, staff, administrators, and community members.

As Northwestern continues to advance its research agenda, increased stipends will allow our doctoral programs to continue to attract the very best students from diverse backgrounds to train with our distinguished faculty. The additional funding will also alleviate some of the financial stresses that occur during doctoral studies.

Continuing to advance Northwestern and solidifying our position among the world’s leading research universities require a significant investment of resources in research and program support, facilities, faculty recruitment and retention, and undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. In 2008, Northwestern made a significant investment in graduate education that launched the Mellon Cluster Initiative, funded diversity fellowships, and provided five-year funding packages for PhD students with fully subsidized health insurance. Today’s announcement marks another major investment in graduate education, under the leadership of TGS Dean Dwight A. McBride. We believe this increased commitment will enable Northwestern to continue to pursue greatness as a research university working to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges and educating the thought leaders of the future.

Morton Schapiro, President and Professor 

Daniel Linzer, Provost and Professor