We provide partial support for all of our students during the first and second years of the program (when credits are particularly heavy). Some students will qualify for full funding as a result of specific scholarships available through Hofstra University. Since the amount of funding available varies from year to year as a function of Hofstra's budget, the specific amount will not be known until offers are being madeduring March. If you are accepted into our program, the amount of financial support will be made available at that time. See below for a description of sources of financial aid.
Hofstra University, as noted in the program brochure, is situated in a geographic location where the cost of living is high. Since we allow only full-time study in the program, students must consider program costs in mind when accepting an offer of admission and planning their education.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
- Research Fellowships
In the next academic year, all first-year students will receive a minimum $22,000 fellowship stipend distributed over four years of study. Additional Fellowship funds support some advanced students who are engaged in important departmental positions related to the doctoral program (e.g., coordinator of the undergraduate research participants' pool.)
- Diversity Scholarship in Clinical Psychology
In its desire to support individuals of diverse backgrounds in 2007 the Provost's Office along with the Dean of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences developed a full-tuition scholarship to support one new student annually through the completion of their PhD.
- 1st Year Tuition Scholarships
Two-single year, 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 of $20,000 towards one academic year. They are typically awarded to students with outstanding academic records who show great promise in the field.
- Teaching Assignments
Some PhD candidates are interested in university-based careers after graduation. It is useful for these students to have teaching experience. Doctoral students may be hired at the rank of adjunct instructor and become a member of the faculty when positions arise.
- Course Assistantships
Undergraduate and graduate courses in the department often have assistants assigned to them. Some require laboratory teaching duties, such as research design courses, while others require marking papers, delivering occasional lectures, etc. PhD students earn additional support from department funds for performing such duties.
- Professional Travel Support
Doctoral students who present papers or run workshops at national scientific or professional conventions receive $400 ($500 for international meetings) for expenses. The policy reflects our desire to train scholars who contribute to the development of knowledge.
- 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 around $500.
- PERCC Intake Coordinators
Three advanced-level graduate students are chosen to provide intake coordination by the clinic director, Dr. Scardapane. They are awarded $2,500 for this responsibility.
- 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 A single, $500 student award is available each year for meritorious publications or presentations in clinical or school psychology.
John Money Scholarship Endowed by noted sexuality researcher Dr. John Money, this scholarship is awarded to a graduate psychology student involved in advanced research studying Human Sexuality
Ruth Maisel Koppel Scholarship A $1000 scholarship awarded annually to a doctoral student in the PhD program in Clinical Psychology
- 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 regularly won by Ph.D. candidates in psychology.
In summary, a number of sources of financial assistance are available for students in the Ph.D. Program. However, as noted above, costs at Hofstra and on Long Island are moderate to high, and students must be able to pay for their own education through personal resources, family support, savings, loans, etc.