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PhD Minimum Stipend Rates
Northwestern PhD students receive funding for a full 4 quarters per year for a minimum of 5 years.


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.

Below is an outline of the web pages you will find in this Funding section.  We encourage students to review all the information in order to make an informed decision about the best financial path for their education.

Student at TGS Orientation 2016

About Graduate Funding

Review the expectations and processes regarding graduate funding for both master's and doctoral students.
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Cost of Attendance

Find information about your cost of attendance and options for how to pay for those costs.

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Fellowships and Grants

Learn more about fellowship and grant opportunities to fund your education and research pursuits.

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Explore the different types of assistantships that are available and how they can not only help fund your education, but enhance it.

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Taking out a student loan is a big step. Visit our web pages and explore all the options before making that commitment.

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Emergency Loans

Visit this web page if you find yourself in an unexpected, short-term financial need situation. We’re here to help you find the support to stay in school. 

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Filing Taxes

View tips, information and FAQs on filing federal tax returns as a graduate student.

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Other Institutional Resources

Check out other employment opportunities that may be available in addition to your funding package.