For doctoral candidates in Physics, financial support is available from several sources. Incoming students are generally supported for the academic year as either fellows or teaching assistants, and occasionally as research assistants. All of these forms of support cover full tuition and include a stipend sufficient for living costs of a single person during the academic year. Graduate students are encouraged to join a research group during the summer following the first year.
Some private and federally supported fellowships are awarded to incoming students. NSF Graduate Fellowships, Danforth Fellowships, and others are awarded directly by the granting organizations to successful applicants for such support. We encourage you to apply for these as well. Many of these programs have application deadlines on or before January 2, and we urge all students to check with their Deans or Faculty Advisors for specific dates and programs for which they may be eligible.
Throughout their time in the program, PhD students in good standing receive full funding. Some are supported by either University or externally-funded fellowships. Most are supported by assistantships (teaching, research, or a combination), which allows and encourages three-quarter time study. Most forms of funding cover tuition, health insurance, health services fee, and a taxable stipend for living expenses during the academic year. In 2012-2013, that represents a total equivalent value of $67,841.
A number of research and teaching assistantships are available to entering graduate students for the summer prior to their first academic year. They are of great advantage in getting settled and acquainted at Brown before the formal course work of the first academic year.