Our goal is to be certain that students are aware of the costs they will incur prior to accepting an offer to attend our program. Thus, students are presented their scholarship and fellowship offers immediately upon acceptance to the program (usually early March -- well ahead of the April 15 acceptance deadline). Since with the exception of the Diversity Scholarship (detailed below) the awards we provide do not cover the majority of educational costs, students are provided with a specific contact person in the University Office of Student Financial Services. This individual assists students to put together a funding package through a variety of resources (e.g., loans) depending upon what the student may qualify for based upon his/her individual and family's financial circumstances. This may enable students to cover up to the full amount of tuition.
The following represent funding sources (and potential funding sources):
- Research Fellowships. This is the main source of support for students in our program. All students receive some support from research fellowships. Based upon the past 10 years, it is reasonable for all students to expect approximately 20% of tuition covered by tuition remission associated with a research fellowship.
- First Year Tuition Scholarships. Two single-year, full-tuition scholarships are awarded to beginning PhD students in Clinical Psychology. These endowed awards, the Harold E. Yuker and Julia R. Vane Scholarships, cover tuition costs for the first academic year. Credits are the greatest during the first year so this is a valued scholarship which is typically awarded to students with outstanding undergraduate academic records. These students do receive the standard amount of tuition remission during years 2 - 4.
- Diversity Scholarship in Clinical Psychology. Each year one newly admitted student representing diversity is awarded a full tuition scholarship for the entire duration of the program. The scholarship is awarded on merit.
- Teaching Assignments. Several graduate students teach as adjunct instructors in the psychology department. This is particularly attractive to those students interested in university-based careers after graduation as it provides an opportunity to gain teaching experience and evaluations.
- Course Assistantships. Undergraduate and graduate courses in the department often have teaching assistants assigned to them. Some require laboratory teaching duties, such as the undergraduate research design course, while others require grading papers/exams, delivering occasional lectures, etc. PhD students earn additional support from department funds for performing such duties.
- Professional Travel Support: Doctoral students who present posters/papers/symposium at national scientific or professional conventions receive $400 ($500 for international meetings) for expenses. These funds encourage the completion and presentation of student's own research projects.
- Dissertation Funding: A yearly department fund of $7,500 is available to doctoral candidates completing their dissertations. Students apply for funds to purchase equipment or supplies, to pay research subjects, etc. Awards have typically averaged approximately $500.
- PERCC Intake Coordinators: Three second year graduate students are chosen to provide intake coordination by the clinic director. They are awarded $2,000 for this position.
- Endowed Awards: A number of endowed scholarships exist which may be awarded to students meeting the criteria for the awards. These include:
- Jacob and Benjamin Korn Memorial Fellowship: This annual award of $3,000 is given to a PhD student to help with research expenses. It is given by Dr. Zamir Korn, a program graduate.
- Harold E. Yuker Research Prize: $500 student award is available each year for meritorious publications or presentations in clinical or school psychology.
- John Money Scholarship: This $2700 annual scholarship endowed by noted sexuality research John Money is awarded to a graduate psychology student involved in advanced research studying human sexuality (broadly defined).
- Ruth Maisel Koppel Scholarship: $1000 scholarship awarded annually to a doctoral student in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology
- Richard O'Brien Memorial Award: $500 awarded each year to the student selected by core faculty for best dissertation representing the field behaviorism.
- Howard Kassinove Endowed Scholarship: $1000 each year awarded to the student selected for research in the area of anger/aggression or behavior therapy.
- H. Alan Robinson Outstanding Dissertation Award: Each year, one student at the university receives an award of $1000 for completion of the best dissertation. This award is frequently won by PhD candidates in clinical psychology.