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  1. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XNJR4IhOJ56zd7zLuVSUK7h054dBRNvyiC7iStCOsxo/ Last year, I started the process of making an updated version of funding packages with the help of students accepted into programs. The list isn't complete but I hope it provides a more complete version of what universities expect in exchange for their funding. It is open-access so edits are welcome.
  2. I know that internal fellowships tend not to matter much beyond the period of time in which you have them. I've been offered two rather different fellowships, however, and I'm trying to determine if the difference between them is substantive or not. The first is UNC's Royster Fellowship, which comes with about a $6,000 stipend increase. It seems rather prestigious and selective, with the fancy name, university-wide competition, and inclusion into the "Royster Society of Fellows," with lots of different networking and professional development opportunities. My guess is that all of this apparent prestige will only matter while I'm at that particular university, if at all. So, Question 1: Do people outside of UNC (in academia or industry) know about (or be impressed by) this so-called "Society of Fellows," or is it just fancy window dressing on a (more competitive) funding award? The above fellowship also includes two years without duties--one during my first year of intense coursework and the other in my fifth year during my dissertation work. (So from years 2-4 I would work as a TA/RA, but with a guarantee of the same level of funding as in years 1 and 5.) Question 2: As someone going into a STEM field, how much help is a fifth year fellowship? Everyone else in the program is already guaranteed TA/RA funding for 5 years. Would not having work duties be instrumental to finishing up my research in my fifth year, or just a convenience? (I'm sure that this will depend on the progress of my research and how early I start, but any input would still be appreciated.) Finally, my other big offer is a rather bland-sounding college-level "Dean's Fellowship" which comes with a larger funding increase--around $13,000 more than my initial offer from that department. Only the first year has no teaching duties, however--for years 2-5 I'll have to work as a TA/RA but for the same increased stipend level guaranteed. While both departments are undoubtedly trying to recruit me, my gut feeling based on the fellowships is that I would be more valued at UNC. It seems as though their STOR department has had only one other Royster fellow in the past five years, whereas I get the sense that the other department's fellowship is much more common and less of a "big deal". Question 3: Is this thinking completely illogical? Does the difference between the level of fellowships each department nominated me for give any signal as to how valued I would be by the faculty and department? Does getting a more competitive fellowship inherently mean I would be a "bigger fish" in that program, or should I just take things at face value? (Admittedly, trying to gauge how desirable I am as a candidate after I've been accepted might be a bit of a waste of time, but I'm self-aware enough to know that feeling valued by a given department is important for my productivity, self-esteem, and long-term academic success.) I would greatly appreciate anyone's thoughts on any of these questions. (Or people to tell me to quit being silly and obsessing over trivial differences, if it turns out that the answers don't really matter.)
  3. Does anybody know what funding is like for the program in neural computation at CNBC (Pitt/CMU)? I can't find any mention of funding on their website or elsewhere, and I don't wanna directly ask them about it yet.
  4. I am in a dual-doctoral program that is set up such that you complete your doctor of physical therapy degree by the 3rd year and then complete your PhD afterwards with some overlap in the 2nd and 3rd years of the DPT program. I am finishing my 4th year and have completed my DPT, so my University now considers me a post-doc. Last summer I had applied for a Clinical and Translational Science Post-doc Fellowship (TL1) and an NIH F30 (predoctoral fellowship specific to dual-doctoral students). I was awarded and accepted the TL1 before I heard back about the F30, but now have also been offered the F30. Since the TL1 is a post-doc fellowship the stipend is approximately $24,000 higher than the pre-doc F30, it provides $8,000 in research funding (the F30 provides none), and it covers my full tuition (the F30 provides 60%). However, the TL1 is only for 2 years (I probably will need an additional 6m-1y after before I graduate, the F30 is for 3.5y which is well more than enough for me to graduate) and the F30 is far more prestigious since it is an individual national fellowship and would be much more beneficial if I apply for future NIH funding (like a K or R01) later on. I am leaning towards pursuing a career in industry, but have not ruled out a career in academia. I looked into my options with both the NIH and through my Univeristy to try to supplement the predoc F30 stipend to match my current post-doc stipend and that isn't a possibility. The NIH program officer called me today to tell me what a bad idea turning down the F30 would be if I ever want to apply to the NIH again, but a $32,000 difference is a big deal to me when I have 6 figure student loan debt, so I don't know that the prestige is worth the financial difference. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Hi all, I am torn between two programs who both offered me Phd programs. I was offered a Phd in Biological Engineering which is the program I actually want to do but the stipend is much less than that for the PhD in Environmental Studies that I was given at a different school. My question is: what ranks higher when choosing a PhD program and why? Is it the stipend amount? The job prospects? The ranking of the school or program? The quality of research? Thank you
  6. I am in my second year of Masters and I am contemplating about applying for a PhD program next year. I am not sure about how much stipend I could get since it would vary in each university. But I want to calculate how much I would be able to save (to pay off my study loan). Again, I know it would depend on the number of months I am getting the stipend for and the living expenses according to the location of the university. I am currently in TU Delft and I know what my expenses are and the (possible) stipend I could get as a PhD candidate. I want a general estimate according to the experience of other PhD students in other universities.
  7. Hello, I I received an offer from a school with partial scholarship and a graduate assistantship. I asked them about the type of assistantship and the stipend, but they basically did not give me an answer. Just said that it can be either an RA or TA, 10h/w or 20h/w and the information of the amount that will be paid for assistantship is not available yet and only will be in May. I had to give them an answer in a short time, and since I did not hear back from the other schools yet I said yes. But I have no idea what I will get. This is in New York and a STEM field, but not a PhD and most of the things I have read through search is related to PhDs. I know I am lucky that I even got the offer since I am only doing masters. But I do not even know if the funding will cover tuition. And they are not answering my questions about this, I tried. They just say the information is not available. Was I not supposed to get a detailed offer letter? I prepared and sent my I20 form like there is no assistantship at all as they asked. But I do not know what to do as I am also waiting for other schools which will give me answers really late since I applied late.
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  9. I am in Ontario and have been offered a scholarship of 20k per year for 2 years. The scholarship (which is considered a stipend) will be paid bi-weekly through the university's payroll system and is paid through a Graduate Research Assistant appointment. I will be given a T4A slip at the end of the year. It says that GRAs are paid to help students with their research and to prepare for their thesis. I am wondering if any money (CPP, EI, Income and fed tax) will be deducted from my cheque and / or if I will have to pay anything at the end of the year?
  10. Hello all, I have recently been accepted into a PhD program at Vanderbilt University, and I am attempting to find a apartment/house for rent and set a budget. However, I am unsure of the rate at which I will be taxed as a graduate student so I have no idea of how to begin doing this. My stipend is $26,000 per year (or $2167 per month), but I am unsure of the interval at which it will be disbursed. My question is this: how much should I expect to be taxed as a grad student? Thanks for any advice you all can offer!
  11. Hey guys, I am a prospective graduate student trying to figure out the financial side of things. Obviously, a lot depends on each person's situation and lifestyle, but I am always interested in learning other people's experiences. Would you mind sharing how you live on your stipend? It would be interesting to see how much you make (after fees and taxes), where you live (i.e. big city on the coast, middle of nowhere in the South, etc) and what kind of life you can afford (live with a roommate or alone, own a car, have pets, eat out a lot, etc). Please specify if you get any additional financial help from family (health and car insurance, living at home for the summer, spouse with a real job, etc) or elsewhere.
  12. Hi, all! I know that it's feasible to ask a university to match an offer from another program, given that they have available funding. However, has anyone had experience with asking one UC school to match another UC school's offer, one UW school to match another, etc? Thanks in advance for any information.
  13. Hello Everyone, How feasible is it to make NYU work on a stipend? While I love the school, I've been warned that it would be really tight. I’ll have a stipend with the possibility of other fellowships and the change to supplement with teaching. Secondary question, If I was to go with NYU, what are some great areas to consider searching for housing? Really any thoughts on NY and grad school would be appreciated.
  14. Hey, everyone! I just wanted to stop by and ask those of you who are currently in a program three questions about GA positions assisting with living expenses. Also, if you have any tips or cautionary advice please feel free to share. What is the compensation rate like for those of you who have graduate assistantships (in the CSD department and other departments on campus)? How are you able to cover rent and other basic necessities while in graduate school? Does your GA cover tuition and provide a stipend ( i.e full vs. partial depending on hours worked per week)?
  15. Hey guys!!!! So i have recently started my application to Tufts MALD, NYU Wagner, UChicago Harris and Brandeis. I am an international student graduated from a public university in the US this may. My plan is to work in my country until next summer and by then hopefully get accepted to any of the schools and start my MA. My GPA is 3.6 pol sci major minored in IR, my GRE is really not that great i would say average and from a developing country, i have not had any internship whilst i was in college. However, i would probably start working for the government (my country) from this November and make up that "work experience" preferred by Grad Schools. My main is concern is the "money". I got a full scholarship from my country to study in the US however, i can not get another scholarship from my government for MA again. I was previously accepted to NYU GSAS and Boston University, however i had to decline the offer because of financial reasons. This year i want to do it right, i have researched and all the schools i am applying to offer various schorlaship, grants and TA etc, and i understand that it is extremely hard and rare to get FULL Ride for MA from the schools i am applying to. Can you guys tell me what other external sources i need to consider? Ex: their website, name etc. Considering that i am an international student. Also, when i should start applying to external funding? After i get acceptance or while i am applying ? Thank you guys too much!!!!!!!
  16. Hey guys, I am hopeful to accumulate information on take-home pay at Canadian institutions with a focus on science departments, but anything is interesting! I'm looking for 1. if there is a guaranteed stipend and what it is and 2. if the institution cancels funding if you receive external awards (OGS, NSERC, QEII etc). I looked at the database that was previously posted but not many canadian institutions are listed.... E.g... (real numbers) Carleton University - Biology, PhD Guaranteed income/year Teaching Assistantship - 2 semesters = $10,672 RAship = $4800 (Cancelled if external funding received) "Domestic Student Scholarship" = $6-7k/year Typical PhD income in Biology = $21500-$22000 per year Entrance scholarships =~$3-5k but given in first year enrolled Tuition with all additional costs (health insurance, Upass, newspaper, gym, etc. Upass = $200/semester, health insurance = $388 for Fall and Winter) Fall = $3800 Winter = $3000 Summer = $3200 Typical PhD tuition in Biology = ~$10,000 Total guaranteed take home wage with no external funding = ~$12,000
  17. Hi all, I recently started my NSF GRFP stipend tenure (starting with summer tenure in June), and for the past two months, my stipend has been processed late/irregularly dispensed. I was told that my payment should be administered on the 1st of every month (when my rent and many of my bills are due; and when I previously got paid for my teaching stipend), but in June, I wasn't paid until June 7 because the office had some internal problems with processing my on-time paperwork. This month, it's already the 6th of July, and my payment hasn't even been processed (and it takes an additional 2-3 business days for the payment to post, after that). I realize that there was the holiday weekend earlier this week, but I also have bills to pay... I contacted the payment director for my school, and she said the delay is due to "system upgrade unrelated to our office," and although they realize it's not ideal, I should try to be a month ahead on all of my bills. Recently I've had to use a lot of my personal savings to pay for an international conference (to be reimbursed several weeks later) and a training workshop (where I had to cover airfare). Is there anything that we as grad students can do, if we feel we aren't being paid regularly/on time? Does the NSF have any rules about being paid within a certain time period? The first 2 years of grad school (when not on NSF), I never had so many issues within being paid within a few day time period. Likewise, I can't imagine that would be acceptable for a "normal job" (being paid over a week later, multiple months in a row, without warning). I was thinking of talking to the ombudsman at my university, but I don't know what else I can do... Has anyone else had this experience? Anyone have any suggestions? Do we have any rights at all, as grad students, in terms of being paid in a timely manner?
  18. During my MA application process I really had no understanding of what a stipend for a rhet/comp student would look like (or frankly how far it would get me living in that potential city). I ended up applying to programs that didn't offer MA funding (which I was not aware of when applying). Now that I'm looking into PhD programs I want to know upfront, how much should I expect. The question is, how to figure that out on my own. Some ways I'm attempting to do that right now: 1. Dig around GC to see if anyone has recently mentioned their package 2. Try to find info on the graduate school site (highly unsuccessful so far) 3. Ask around my own program to see if anyone knows So far this has been fairly unsuccessful. I do not want to contact programs about their stipends (as I know budgets change from year to year depending on cohort # and department changes), however I don't want to waste my own money applying to schools that will not offer me a livable stipend. I know there is a database floating around for english programs, but it does not contain a lot of rhet/comp schools (much less state schools I'm planning on applying to). So, how have others gotten around this? Does anyone have a successful method of figuring this before applying, or is it common to just straight up ask programs how much graduate stipends generally are and what they include? Sidenote if anyone is willing to share their packages here or has information/resources for the following programs I would be forever grateful. Some rhet/comp programs I'm thinking of applying to: Clemson (RCID) Bowling Green (English) Purdue (English): I had a collegue mention around 13k, but this seems unreasonably low for the program/PhD level, but what do I know Miami University Texas Christian University (I've heard around the 17k range, but I'm not sure if that's true) Florida State University University of Texas (El Paso) Georgia State University University of Arizona This thread could also just turn into a share your offers thread in general.
  19. Can anyone tell me the total stipend for a PhD (CS) grad for Fall 2017?
  20. Hi! I am wondering how much weight do y'all put into the PhD stipend and location while making a decision. I am confused between offers from UConn (polymer science) and UBuffalo (biomedical engineering). UConn's offering 9k more than UB for first year, 10k more for subsequent years. Personally I won't care about stipends so much, but 10k is quite a lot of extra money for grad students. But then again I will be thrown away in the remotest of of villages in UConn while with Buffalo, I will be living in a major city. I have lived in major cities all my life and moving to a place like UConn scares me a bit. As far as department and my research fit are concerned, I believe I have a better fit with Buffalo biomed. But then it is a seriously low ranked program while UConn's polymer program is one of the well known polymer programs. I feel like choosing Buffalo would really make me question my career decisions (due to the low repute), but then choosing UConn would basically kill my personal/social life and I might not feel as much at home as Buffalo. It's all so confusing right now, I wish I got an admit from my top choice right now so that all of this confusion becomes irrelevant. Anyway, I would really appreciate inputs on these topics from you guys.
  21. Hi everyone, I heard that for an applicant admitted to a PhD program with full teaching assistantship or research assistantship, he/she will got all tuition covered and some life expense covered by some stipend. But does the "life expense covered by some stipend" differ from area to area? For example, will the stipend provided by school in NYC higher than mid-west area, given NYC has a higher life expense? (Let me know if there's any confusion...) Thank you in advance! Sean
  22. I am really confused. I have been admitted to MS program with financial package for the first year. My admission letter says that this package is $4000 stipend for 2017-18, and also that I am not allowed to work without dean's permission. Does not say anything about what this stipend is intended for. From the way it sounds, it's $4000 for the whole year, am I correct? I tried looking this up on my school page, but they just list stipend rates for TA/RA and scholarships that cover some % of tuition. My other school offered me a scholarship for tuition specifically, and explained how much I will get each semester. Here the information is really brief. Should I contact them for more? Or is it an obvious case? Thanks!
  23. Hi everyone, I've received an admission offer from Stanford for a humanities PhD with an offer of $28,000 as fellowship stipend. (Tuition, health insurance, summer support fellowship. will be separate). Estimated budgets for living expenses on the Stanford Website are coming up to $38,000 a year(http://financialaid.stanford.edu/grad/budget/index.html). Being an international student, there is simply no means by which I would be able to pay the balance amount of nearly 10000 dollars from my own pocket. I would appreciate any insight on whether expenses at Stanford really do come up as high as 38,000 a year or if the stipend amount might be sufficient with careful spending? Thank you all for your help! PS- I am a single, and would have only myself to support
  24. Hey there! I have been admitted to various universities for a Ph.D. Among them, University A offers me 15,000$ per year and University B offers me 26,000$ per year. Both universities are well ranked, good programs, similar cities... But I like better A, for the professors. Now, do you think that is somehow possible to try to negotiate a little bit the stipend and get some more money? The difference is shocking! Thank you!
  25. Hi All! As someone who currently has an interview at a Bay area PhD program and is waiting to hear from another, I was wondering how realistic it is to live in SF on a $36,000-37,000/yr stipend? I know it can be done, but how many sacrifices do you have to make to get by in a city where the housing prices are so high? Are you living comfortably or living in a basement with 10 roommates? Would appreciate any advice current graduate students could give!! Thank you in advance!!
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