Full financial assistance will be offered to each admitted student in the Ph.D. program in the form of a research assistantship, where the student must work as a research assistant for assigned faculty members. The financial assistance is merit-based and is contingent on continued satisfactory progress (which includes prior satisfactory performance as a research assistant).

Tuition Grants

Full tuition support is available for each year of full-time study, conditional on satisfactory progress in the doctoral program.

Stipends

Admitted students will be offered stipend support of $35,000 per fiscal year6. This stipend is available for each year of full-time study, conditional on satisfactory progress in the doctoral program.

Research and Academic Support

Each student will be provided with a workspace, a personal computer with office software7 including all necessary (as determined by area faculty) statistical packages and access to the Rice University network, library access, online academic journals access and e-mail. Each student will also have available $1000 per year for miscellaneous research and academic expenses such as text books required for classes, computer upgrades, conference travel etc. Students may roll over unused monies from one year to the next.

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6A condition for such stipend support is that the student must not engage in outside work for pay without prior permission from the Ph.D. Program Director. An incoming student bringing outside financial suppor inthe form of a merit-based or fellowship will still be elgible to receive the stipend in full in addition to such outside support. If a student in the third year or beyond generates such outside support, the JGS stipend will be decreased by 50% of the outside support.        

7The computer will be refreshed after successful defense of the dissertation proposal. Instead, students completing their 3rd year of study may be elgible for a computer refresh if needed and with the recommendation of their advisor.