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MSW Student Poster Presentations

Young, Black and Gay: The Documentary

BSW Cording & MSW Hooding

PhD Funding

The PhD Program strives to assure that all PhD students receive some form of research assistantships and tuition assistance. The program offers a range of financial supports for doctoral students. During the first two years, while students study fulltime, the program offers the best qualified students full tuition, competitive stipends, and research assistantships. For the third year and beyond, these students typically receive teaching and research assistantships with partial or full tuition. 

PhD students may earn income through the following activities: 

  • Research assistantship:  PhD students may work with one or more faculty members on faculty research projects. As research assistants, they engage in a variety of qualitative and/or quantitative research activities, including study design, literature review, data collection, data analysis, and synthesis of results. Research assistants are encouraged to co-author conference presentations and manuscripts for publication. They learn practical and procedural skills about such matters as community engagement, dataset management, Institutional Review Board compliance, and grant proposal development. 
  • Classroom teaching:  PhD students may work as teaching assistants to faculty members. In this role, they learn course and class preparation, class instruction, and student assessment. After successfully completing their teaching practica, PhD students are eligible to independently teach required courses in the BSW or MSW programs. With social work teaching experience and faculty supervision, PhD students may also develop and teach new elective courses. 
  • Field teaching:  PhD students with social work practice experience may work as field liaisons or, in some cases, field instructors. They gain supervisory experience and learn to assess student mastery of practice skills. 

In addition, PhD students may qualify for other forms of support:

  • Travel funds:  PhD students may apply to the PhD Program for partial funding to attend professional conferences. They may also apply to the Graduate School for travel funding. 
  • Dissertation expenses:  PhD students may apply to the PhD Program for limited assistance with dissertation-related expenses. 
  • Faculty support:  Faculty mentors may use their research funds to support PhD student travel and research activities.
  • Dissertation support:  To support dissertation research, the Office of the Vice President for Research offers a grant program for PhD students, Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC)


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