Doctoral students are required to complete 95 points of academic credit during at least four years of residence at Teachers College.
Financial aid––a “Doctoral Fellowship”––is typically provided through college scholarship funds. Whereas in recent years, the college has fully funded (tuition + $25,000 stipend) incoming doctoral students (“Doc Fellows”) for three years, beginning with those students admitted in academic year 2020, financial aid packages will continue through students’ fourth year. Because students should have completed all academic coursework by the end of their third year, financial aid for students’ fourth year is in the form of a $25,000 stipend. As part of the award, Doctoral Fellowship recipients may be expected to serve as a graduate teaching and/or research assistant.
The funds for financial aid packages derive from multiple sources. These include three college-based sources of funds: A General Fund, a Minority Student Scholarship Fund, and an International Student Scholarship Fund. In addition, the program draws upon several endowed scholarship funds dedicated exclusively to doctoral students in our program, including the Jodi Lane Scholarship Fund (reserved for students focusing on children and adolescents), the Beatrice Lane Fund, The Gladys Schweisinger Fund, and the Tishman Scholarship Fund. Since 1993, the program has also used scholarship monies available via the James S. Scappaticcio Fellowship for "self-identified gay clinical doctoral students"; this Fellowship also provides small grant-in-aids for research on topics "relevant to homosexuality, including psychological and/or psychosocial aspects of AIDS or HIV treatment." Faculty grants may also be used as part of a student’s financial aid package.
While most students receive financial packages as described above, some admitted students are financially supported through funding provided by the governments of countries in which they are residents. Admission to our doctoral program is entirely need-blind, i.e., not affected by students’ financial needs.