Financial Support

Support Sources for Ph.D. Students

Various forms of financial support are available for Ph.D. students during the academic year (September through May).


  • Teaching Assistantships. This is the most common form of support. Teaching assistants are generally assigned to calculus courses and are expected to do fewer than 15 hours of work per week for the course. First year students typically have only grading duties and are required to participate in the spring T.A. training seminar. Teaching Assistantships are 9 month positions. In 2016-2017, the salary for a Mathematics Ph.D. student teaching assistant was approximately $25,969, and includes full tuition, fees and medical coverage.
  • Graduate Assistantships. These are positions that are generally offered by faculty members using funds from research grants. The salary and benefits are normally the same as those for teaching assistants. The duties of the graduate assistant vary, and should be discussed with the sponsoring faculty member. Entering Ph.D. students are rarely considered for Graduate Assistantships.
  • Graduate School and SAS (School of Arts an Science) Fellowships for entering students There are some fellowships that are awarded to entering students; the graduate school fellowships, including the Rutgers Presidential Fellowships, are awarded on a competitive basis through a graduate school-wide selection. Students who apply to the Ph.D. program are automatically considered for these fellowships. They are normally only available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. These fellowships include a stipend of at least USD 25,000, or USD 15, 000 annual enhancement (Rutgers Presidential Fellowship) on top of any regular financial aid offer from the program,  as well as tuition (some fellowships do not cover fees, which are about USD 2000 per year) and medical coverage.
  • Bevier dissertation fellowships These are university-wide fellowships available on a limited basis to students who are expected to complete their dissertation during the year of the fellowship.
  • Departmental Externally funded Fellowships These are fellowships that are available when the department is fortunate enough to be awarded certain external grants. For students entering in Fall 2013 through Fall 2015, there were several GAANN fellowships available.
  • Departmental Weill Fellowships The department is fortunate to have an endowment, from Maurice M. and Adrienne R. Weill that is generally used to provide supplementary support for first year graduate students and some second year graduate students.
  • The Janice Pattwell Annual Mathematics Fellowship This fellowship is established by Sean Pattwell in honor of his wife, Janice Pattwell, a 1978 graduate of the mathematics program at Douglass College (a part of Rutgers University), and is awarded to female graduate students in our program.

Information about potential support over the Summer can be found here.