Graduate Funding Opportunities

Graduate Assistantships

Most admitted students are offered funding in the form of research/teaching assistantships or fellowships. All applicants are automatically considered for assistantships; there is no separate application process. 

These positions cover full-time tuition during the 9-month academic year and include a stipend to offset basic costs of living (the amount varies from year to year). The assistantships typically involve .30 to .49 FTE (i.e., approximately 12 to 20 hours a week of work) that may be distributed across a mix of teaching and research duties.

The department does not make a contractual promise to offer students assistantships for any particular number of years. In general, students making good academic progress through the program and demonstrating acceptable performance in their assistantship duties will continue to receive assistantships while they are enrolled in the program.  

Health Benefits

The assistantships don't include health benefits; however, students may purchase health benefits through the university. More information can be found at the Center for Student Health and Counseling.

Other Financial Support

Students who are admitted to the program may apply for other forms of financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, travel awards, etc. offered by the Psychology Department or by the university. For basic financial aid information (e.g. loans), students should PSU's Financial Aid Office.

The below list contains links to general graduate student funding and support as well to more specific funding sources, including funding for minority graduate student scholars and dissertation projects. If you are a current graduate student, we encourage you to speak with your advisor about these possibilities.

General Graduate Funding

Minority Graduate Student Funding

Dissertation Funding