Funding and related benefits are generous and structured to meet your own specific needs over time.
The basic pattern of financial support has been developed in collaboration with our doctoral programs to enable your highest ability for successful and timely completion of your doctoral degree. However, when circumstances warrant, this pattern can be altered to better meet your individual academic needs. Please discuss your needs with Associate Dean Hoeflich in advance of any need for changes so we have adequate time to serve you better. In most cases, we'll want your advisor and DGS to concur that this plan is in your best academic interest.
During the first and final academic years of your program, you will have the opportunity to focus exclusively on your own coursework and research. We call these your "nonservice years" to reflect the fact that all of your basic funding comes from The Royster Society of Fellows during those years with no expectations for teaching or research service to others. You may also receive additional nonservice stipends and/or summer supplemental funding from your program or external sources, as long as your total funding does not exceed certain limits.
During the second through fourth years, you may teach and/or conduct research within your doctoral program to develop your skills in teaching and research, or you may be funded by external fellowships or internal training grants. With advance Graduate School approval, we provide flexibility to move these semesters to better meet your unique needs and opportunities.
Prior to academic year 2015, Royster funding covered 9 months of the fall and spring semesters and Fellows added summer funding from their graduate programs or other sources. For Fellows entering the program after academic year 2015, the Royster stipend is now provided over all 12 months. The Fellow's graduate program may provide additional resources, increasing the Fellow's annual compensation and intellectual development.
As a Royster Fellow, you also receive full tuition support, fees and health insurance for five years of your graduate studies. (In-state tuition and health insurance are prorated by stipend source, and The Graduate School provides out-of-state tuition and fees every year.) Fellows who need less or more time to complete their degrees may work with us to develop the best plan for your needs.
Additionally, as a Royster Fellow you will receive a personal travel allowance so you can present your research at conferences and take advantage of special educational opportunities. This personal allowance supplements travel funding resources from your own graduate program, from The Graduate School and any special travel grants you may win competitively.