PhD Financial Support

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Doctoral students are supported in years 1 and 2 by research-based graduate student assistantships (GSAs) and in years 3 and 4 by teaching assistantships (TAs). Exceptional students with post-master’s teaching experience and who have defended their overviews may apply for our teaching fellowships (TFs). Both GSAs and TA/TFs provide tuition remission and stipends for the fall, spring and summer terms. There is a 20-hour-per-week work requirement for both GSR and TA appointments.

Students receive GSA or TA support for four years as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their doctoral degrees. If a fifth year is required, it is usually supported by adjunct teaching or research assistantships. Students are also encouraged to apply for pre-doctoral research traineeships and other awards, and many of our students are successful in securing external support for their dissertations.

In addition to the above, we offer some support for conference travel each year.

Apply to the School of Social Work PhD Program

To request information, contact:

University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
Office of Admissions
2101 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The doctoral program is strongly committed to a policy of equal educational opportunity for people of all races, ethnic origins, genders, religions, sexualities, abilities, nationalities, and backgrounds.