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PhD Student Funding


The PhD Program provides funding to qualified doctoral students and generally guarantees four to five years of support based on academic performance. Students making satisfactory progress normally receive a full tuition & fee waiver and funding in the form of a teaching assistantship or scholarship. The PhD Program announces the assistantship and scholarship awards at the time of admission decisions. PhD students are also provided a research budget for presenting their work at premier conferences.

  • Stipends & Benefits
  • Eugene McDermott Fellows
  • Scholarships
  • Conference Funding
  • PhD Grants Program

The starting yearly stipend for full-time doctoral students is $36,000 over 12 months. Doctoral stipends are awarded in the form of a Teaching or Research Assistantship. Teaching Assistants (TAs) are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week to help meet the instructional needs of the University. Research Assistants (RAs) are employed a maximum of 20 hours per week to assist the research efforts of the faculty in a capacity that relates to the student’s educational goals. Typically, students awarded assistantships receive a full tuition waiver.

Students applying for admission will be automatically considered for the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows program, which provides additional research support and funding as a research assistant for 4-5 years. Details can be found at the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows website.

Every PhD student receiving an assistantship will be eligible for a year-long research fellowship for four semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer). The goal of the fellowship is to help PhD students initiate their research activities early in the program. Students choose a faculty advisor and develop a quality research paper to be presented at the end of the fellowship year.

Students awarded assistantships are also eligible for part-time employee benefits. UT Dallas offers a dynamic and flexible package of valuable programs.

Assistantship awards are announced at the time of admission decisions.

Exceptional applicants will be considered for the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Program. Applicants selected for the program are awarded fellowships as Research Assistants (RA) and receive annually:

  • 12-month stipend of $36,000
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition & fees
  • Discretionary budget of $10,000
  • Professional development activities and enrichment opportunities

The award is for 4 years (5th year as needed).15 of the most talented applicants to doctoral programs at UT Dallas will be named fellows. There is no separate application for the program; applicants will be automatically considered during admissions. Details can be found at the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows website.

A few competitive merit-based scholarships of $1,000 are available for full-time doctoral students who are not awarded stipends. These scholarships also award recipients the Texas-resident tuition rate for the entire academic year (which typically leads to a savings of approximately $10,000 per year).

Scholarships awards are announced at the time of admission decisions.

The Jindal School of Management provides each doctoral student approximately $20,000 over the course of the program to assist with costs related to traveling to professional meetings and conferences to present research. These funds may be used for conference registration fees, travel, lodging, or other expenses related directly to presentation or participation. Funds are subject to satisfactory performance and progress in the program.

The Office of Research has designed a PhD Small Grants Program to assist PhD students at UT Dallas with dissertation-based research and travel expenses by offering supplemental financial support on a competitive basis. This funding is in addition to that given by the Jindal School of Management.