The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support, including a stipend, tuition remission, a health-services fee, and health- and dental-insurance subsidies. (This financial support applies to both domestic and foreign students admitted to our doctoral programs.) Beginning in September 2010, the Graduate School started to offer incoming doctoral students four summers of support, up from three.
This general approach to support took effect with the cohort of students who matriculated in the fall of 2006, and made explicit the fact that, in general, doctoral students at Brown had been receiving five years of support for some time. (The fourth summer of support was added more recently.) Under this model, steady funding for graduate study is no longer a concern. We hope that our longer commitment, combined with the substantial increase in our base stipend (nearly 50% since 2001), allows students the time and energy they need to apply to their research and scholarship. As always, any guarantee of support is conditional upon students maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their programs.
The Graduate School allots each doctoral program a pre-set number of support units that are assigned to continuing students as teaching assistantships, proctorships, and, in consultation with the dean, dissertation fellowships.
These allotments are tied to a wide complex of needs within these units, including undergraduate enrollments and the professional development of graduate students as future faculty (in the case of teaching assistantships), technical and programmatic support (proctorships), and graduate students' research and scholarship (research assistantships and fellowships). Upon recommendations from academic programs and other units at Brown, student appointments are then processed by the Graduate School according to the original allotments and to these criteria, among others.
Doctoral students with an interest in support issues should send comments or questions to Graduate_Dean@brown.edu.