PhD Financial Support

The School of Social Work provides highly competitive financial support to new and continuing PhD students.

Graduate Assistantship and Fellowship positions include paid tuition, health insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend.

Teaching Assistantship (TA)

These positions are typically given to doctoral students at a minimum of 33.4% appointment per semester. These positions are appointed by the PhD program chairperson and are supervised by the course instructor.

Project Assistantship (PA)

These positions vary in the appointment percentage, ranging from 33.4% to 75%, typically for a 12-month period. These positions are appointed by individual faculty and enable students to work closely on the faculty’s research project.

Research Assistantship (RA)

These positions also vary in the appointment percentage, ranging from 33.4% to 50%, typically for a 12-month period. An appointment as a research assistant is made when the activity performed by the research assistant is primarily for the benefit of the individual's course of study and research and directly applicable to the individual's thesis or dissertation.

Lecturer Student Assistant (LSA)

These positions are occasionally given to qualified doctoral students at a minimum of 33.4% appointment per semester. These positions are appointed by the Associate Director of the School to provide important professional development for the graduate student and to deliver an effective instructional program.

Awards and Fellowships

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, current PhD students are eligible for a small number of awards during the spring semester. For information about these awards, please visit Awards List and use the Doctoral Support category filter.

Incoming PhD students are eligible for a small number of awards through the admissions process. For information about these awards, please visit Awards List and use the Admissions category filter.

Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF)

Individuals holding this fellowship are qualifying students who receive support through funding from the State of Wisconsin Advanced Opportunity Program and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. AOF nominations are submitted through the department to the College of Letters & Science during the admissions process. Current students are not eligible, except for rare circumstances. For more information, visit Community of Graduate Research Scholars (CGRS).

Travel Funding

Current PhD students seeking travel funding to attend conferences should contact the PhD Program Office. Typically, the PhD Program will provide travel support to a student at least once a year while in the program. Students will receive the funding as a reimbursement up to a certain amount which means they must follow UW-Madison’s e-reimbursement guidelines. For example, students are not allowed to use third party booking sites for anything (Expedia, Hotels.com, etc.) and cannot use AirBnB. If so, those expenses will not be reimbursed. For questions, contact the School’s Event Coordinator, Gerald Eggleston.