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Programs : Doctoral : FAQs : Funding

Q. What is the opportunity for funding?

A. Normally, all students admitted each year are offered full funding. This includes a stipend associated with a doctoral assistantship, full medical, dental, and vision care benefits, and coverage of registration and tuition fees at SDSU and UCSB. We have openings each year for five to eight new doctoral assistantships. Doctoral assistants are assigned varied tasks, which may include research, lecturing, lab assisting, and grading duties. Full funding is normally granted for at least four years, assuming that a student is in good standing and making adequate progress towards degree requirements.

Q. Are international students eligible to receive full funding packages?

A. Certainly. It is our preference to fund all students that are admitted. However, international students are normally not able to establish residency in the State of California, so we are required to pay out-of-state tuition. Because tuition comes at a very high cost, particularly while enrolled at UCSB, we are only able to fund and therefore admit, a few international students each year.

Q. Are their opportunities to augment this funding?

A. Doctoral assistants may have the opportunity for two summer months of support at up to 100% (i.e. 40 hrs/week). This depends on the availability of grants and contract funds, and/or a student's success in obtaining fellowship funding. Doctoral students are encouraged to apply for scholarship and fellowship funds to augment their stipends.

Q. Could this include outside employment?

A. Fully funded doctoral assistants are not allowed to hold outside employment, other than occasional consulting or free-lance work that could be conducted on weekends and not interfere with timely matriculation.

Q. If I maintain a full-time job during the day, can I reasonably expect to get through the program taking night courses, exclusively?

A. Students who attempt this have a difficult time completing the program and particularly, in a timely manner. Furthermore, most of the classes you might have to take will rarely be offered at night. It is exceptional for applicants that want to maintain full-time, outside employment to be admitted to the Joint Doctoral program.

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