Every student admitted to the PhD Program will receive financial support in the
form of Graduate Assistantships unless the student has outside financial support
that is guaranteed for the duration of the program (minimum 5 years).
Financial Support is listed as follows:
Students are required to pay the mandatory fees which are regulated by the
of Maryland Bursar’s Office.
Currently, the mandatory fees are assessed by a tiered system of credits taken.
*fees are subject to change each academic year.
Research Stipend: In addition to the salary as a Graduate Assistant, students
will have a $1500 research spending ceiling account. This is replenished each year
contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program. These funds can be used for
research-related purchases and travel costs associated with research and conferences
The Smith School PhD Program may offer additional fellowships as part of the
above GAs in order to make the financial stipend more competitive. Advanced PhD
students may also self-nominate for Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships. Additionally,
PhD students at the University of Maryland are also encouraged to compete for national
awards such as those offered by AACSB, GMAC, AAUW, and private foundations.