Graduate & teaching assistantships
Financial support to enable your graduate journey.
Use this portion of the website to learn more about our funding model and explore the sources of financial support available to you.
$36,960minimum annual stipend rate for PhD students, 2023–24
$35,196minimum annual stipend rate for PhD students, 2022–23
TGS and its graduate programs offer a wide array of financial support for doctoral students, who are typically fully-funded for four quarters per year for minimum of five years. Master’s students may receive scholarships or a student loan. MFA students can also apply for fellowships and assistantships.
For tuition and billing information, visit the Evanston Office of Graduate Financial Aid website.
TGS offers funding from annually-allocated award funds, endowed fellowships, foundations and other private support, as well as federal research and training grants.
Students are nominated for the prestigious Presidential Fellowship by their graduate program. Presidential Fellows are students who promise to combine outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an important leadership role in their disciplines and beyond.
Learn more about fellowship and grant opportunities to fund your education and research pursuits.
In addition to helping to fund your education, assistantships can enhance it. Students serve between 15-20 hours per week.
Read more about assistantship requirements and Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships.
All students must file annual tax returns. Students with fellowships, scholarships and assistantships must follow additional rules for reporting income and withholding taxes,
Students can explore a variety of funding opportunities to address financial need.
Student loans are available to help finance the cost of education. For students in unexpected sort-term financial situations, an emergency loan may be possible. More on loans and emergency loans.
Employment opportunities at Northwestern and outside the University are available to graduate students. Student-Veterans may also be able to claim veterans’ benefits. More on institutional resources.