The department currently provides support for all full-time Ph.D. students in the form of graduate research assistantships. Assistantships provide both a stipend and tuition support, usually limited to four years. In all cases, funding is contingent upon availability of funds and student performance.
Graduate research assistantships require full-time enrollment (9-15 credits in the Fall and Spring and 3 credits in the Summer) and require up to 20 hours per week of work for a designated departmental faculty member.
Students receiving assistantships must be available to work when VCU is open, even when classes are not in session, except for VCU scheduled holidays. Some assistantships restrict other sources of employment.
No guarantee can be made for multiple-year support, but the department will endeavor to provide support for students in the dissertation years through faculty grant funding and research projects, as well as provide assistance to students to secure independent funding.
The department maintains a database of research, internship and scholarship opportunities for students and will provide administrative support for students applying for outside grants or foundation monies. More information is available from the Education Coordinator.
Priority for financial assistance from institutional funds is given to students whose applications are received by January prior to the fall semester.