The Graduate School (TGS) has separate and distinct funding models for doctoral and master’s programs. TGS and its graduate programs offer a wide array of financial support. Funding is available from annually-allocated award funds, instruction, endowed fellowships, foundations and other private support, as well as federal research and training grants.
In addition to those awards available through the university, applicants are encouraged to compete for awards available for graduate study. A website maintained by Northwestern University’s Office of Fellowships lists available awards. External awards, which are prestigious and a valuable acknowledgement of a student’s intellectual project and promise, typically replace departmental or graduate school awards.
The Graduate School (TGS) offers a number of internal fellowships that students may apply for. Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships is available to assist students with identifying and applying for external funding opportunities.
TGS also encourages graduate students to consider applying for the following external fellowships:
- American Indian Graduate Center
- Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships for Doctoral Students
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Hertz Fellowships in the Applied Physical Sciences
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
- Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program (arts, humanities, and social sciences only)
- Luce Grants
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships
- National Physical Science Consortium(minorities and women in selected fields)
- National Science Foundation Fellowships
- United Negro College Fund/Merck—Dissertation Fellowship
2022/23 PhD minimum stipend rates
Northwestern PhD students receive funding for a full 4 quarters per year for a minimum of 5 years.