Financial Support

Graduate Stipends

We consider all applications and will work to get you into our program with the highest stipend possible. Fellowship selection is made on a competitive basis and dependent on available funds. If you do not meet the requirements for the fellowships, but feel that you can succeed in our graduate program we encourage you to apply.

In addition to a stipend, a full waiver of tuition is provided and is currently valued at $6,000 (resident) or $14,813 (non-resident).

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

All Ph.D. students admitted to the graduate program are supported by a graduate assistantship for the duration of their graduate studies contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

There are two types of Graduate Assistantships: Teaching Assistants (TA) or Research Assistants (RA)

$22,266 stipend

Students are not normally offered a position as a research assistant in the first semester. However, most students will qualify for a RA position at the end of the second semester.


Students who are interested in being nominated for a fellowship should contact Liz Williams, graduate admissions specialist, at or 479-575-5175, for more information.  To be considered for the competitive fellowships, admissions applications need to be received before January 1

A complete nomination packet will include:

  • A letter of support from the nominating department;
  • Copies of the student’s transcripts and test scores;
  • A copy of the student’s resume or c.v.;
  • A copy of the statement of purpose, if required by the department as part of the admission packet; and
  • Copies of the letters of recommendation submitted on the student’s behalf.

Doctoral Academy Fellowships

Minimum requirements: Entering with B.S. /GPA 3.5 / GRE ~302 / analytical writing 4.5

$34,266 ($12,000 fellowship + $22,266 GA stipend)

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships

Minimum requirements: Entering with B.S. /GPA 3.65 / GRE ~302 (M.S. ~314) / analytical writing 5.0                           

$44,266 ($22,000 fellowship + $22,266 GA stipend)


Health Insurance

Domestic students have the option of purchasing health insurance at a discounted rate through the University. International students are required to purchase health insurance through the University (please see for exceptions to this rule.) 
The current annual cost of the student health insurance plan is $1,720. Graduate Assistants pay $241.15 in the fall term and $333.34 for the spring/summer term. The university covers the remaining cost of $1145.52.

Graduate Travel Support

Travel subsidies are available from the Graduate School to allow students to make one presentation per year at a major conference. The current maximum travel subsidy is $1,100.