The Smith PhD Initiative includes a number of components designed to offer its
doctoral students an unprecedented degree of compensation, resources and benefits.
Funding: Every student admitted to the PhD Program typically receives full
financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship or fellowship for all
five years pending satisfactory progress. Each student also receives a $1500 research
stipend per year that can be used for research-related expenses, such as travel
to conferences. Like the assistantship/fellowship, the research stipend depends
on satisfactory progress in the program. See Financial Aid for
State-of-the-Art Facilities: Each student is provided with a carrel and computer
in the PhD Program Suite. The PhD Program Suite, which opened in 2008, is in a new
wing of Van Munching Hall. The suite was funded by William A. Longbrake, a 1976
doctoral alumnus. Along with the carrel and computer, students have access to a
well-equipped kitchen, team study rooms, and typical office equipment.
about what the Smith School offers.
The Smith School’s PhD Program, rated #38 in the world by the Financial Times
(2011), has grown in both numbers and reputation over the past 10 years. The doctoral
program is global and attracts a very diverse group of PhD students. At this time,
there are approximately 100 students who represent 15 countries; about 69 percent
are international and about 46 percent are women.