Fellowships and assistantships are granted to superior students admitted to the Ph.D. program. The estimated award value, including tuition, stipend and health benefits, is over $35,000 per year. Assistantships may be renewed on the basis of good performance as a student and as a teaching assistant. Research assistantships are sometimes available through the Department’s funded research projects. Benefits for Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships include Health Insurance coverage for the students’ family. Very few universities other than Wayne State University provide Health Insurance benefits not only to graduate students with assistantships, but also to their families.

The Graduate School awards Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowships each year to highly qualified Ph.D. students throughout the University. These fellowships include a stipend, housing allowance, a full tuition subsidy, and full Health Insurance benefits. Resident students (and those who expect to become Michigan residents) may also compete for one of almost 300 Graduate-Professional Scholarships, which provide tuition at the in-State resident rate. The Graduate School also awards, at the rate of approximately eight per year, King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowships to minority graduate students who apply for them. Those desiring more information about scholarship and fellowship programs sponsored by the Graduate School should contact:

Graduate School, Scholarships and Fellowships Office
4302 Faculty/Administration Building
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202.
(313)577-2172; Fax: 313-577-2903

The department’s annual competitions provide additional funds for students. The Samuel Levin Essay Award of $1,500 goes to the writer of the best research paper; the Mendelson grant provides a $1,500 summer stipend for the graduate student who submits the best research proposal.

Our department provides a quick decision on graduate assistant applications, once students have submitted all necessary materials. These include official academic transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation, as well as University and Department admissions forms. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL – minimum score of 550) are required from applicants from countries in which english is not the principal language. There is no deadline for graduate assistant applications; these awards can be made at any point in the year.

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