Financial aid and awards

Students who are admitted to the PhD program with financial aid and who continue to meet relevant academic standards can normally expect at least five years of support. Accomplished new doctoral students may be nominated for the Iowa Recruitment Fellowship, which provides an extra stipend supplement of $5,000 per year, and also $5,000 in four years of summer fellowship support.  

A number of research fellowships are available for graduate students working on the dissertation, including the Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Semester Fellowship; the Graduate College Post-Comp Research Award; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dissertation Writing Fellowship. 

Students are also encouraged to apply for fellowships from outside agencies, such as the Mellon fellowships offered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Note that the application request deadline is Nov. 12 and the completed application deadline is Dec. 1.

The Graduate College

The Graduate College offers a wealth of information about funding for graduate students through additional methods. You can learn more about funding your education on their site: