Ph.D. Program: Cost and Funding

Tuition and Fees (2019-20, estimated)

  • In-state students: $7,550 per semester
  • Out-of-state students: $15,833 per semester

More information about tuition and fees is available from the Office of the University Cashier.


We strive to make our program as affordable as possible for all of our students through several generous fellowship packages. Most of our students enjoy three, four and sometimes even five years of funding depending on the nature and scope of their research.

School-based Fellowships

Roy H. Park Fellowships

Funded by the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, New York, the school annually awards Park Fellowships to seven or eight new doctoral students who are U.S. citizens. Each Park doctoral fellowship covers:

  • Tuition and fees for three years
  • Health insurance
  • $20,500 annual stipend for three years
  • $2,500 technology start-up package (for purchasing a new CCI computer)
  • $6,000 for research support and travel to conferences 

Each Park fellow works as a graduate assistant 15 hours per week for each semester while receiving funding. Each fellow serves as a research assistant for four semesters and as an instructor of record for two semesters. This balance allows students to develop both their research record and the teaching experience necessary to be competitive on the job market.

Park consideration requires an additional application component. See the Park Fellowships page for details.

Richard Cole Eminent Professor Graduate Student Fellowship

This fellowship, which honors former Dean Richard Cole, is offered once every three years to an enrolling doctoral student. The fellowship provides the same level of support as the Park Fellowships. Eligible applicants are automatically considered for Cole funding based on their applications for program admission.

Orville Gray and Lucille M. Cobbs Memorial Scholarship

The Cobbs Scholarship supports an outstanding international student in the Ph.D. program. It provides tuition remission to the in-state level (an annual benefit of more than $8,000) and up to $6,000 in research and travel support, as well as $40,000 each year to help cover:

  • Tuition and fees for three years
  • Health insurance
  • Room and board

Eligible applicants are automatically considered for Cobbs funding based on their applications for program admission.

Other School-Based Funding

Each year, the school offers a current student a competitive fourth year of Park Fellowship funding to help the recipient prepare to compete more effectively for research-intensive positions at R1 universities or to support the pursuit of a more ambitious dissertation.

The school also administers a number of other competitive awards each spring to enrolled doctoral students, including the Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Awards, Eli A. and Minnie S. Rubinstein Research Awards, William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Awards and Tom Wicker Award.

Additional Funding from The Graduate School

Early each January, we nominate our top applicants, regardless of their citizenship, for several highly competitive funding options that are available from The Graduate School.

Financial Aid Office

Students can apply for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.