To help students with their educational expenses, the University provides numerous fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, and traineeships. The majority of doctoral students at Rochester receive some financial support, in most cases sufficient to cover tuition and living expenses. Financial aid is generally awarded to graduate students by individual departments, schools, and colleges on the basis of academic promise. Applications for financial aid in the form of fellowships, scholarships, assistantships, and traineeships are made as part of the regular graduate application for admission.
General information for aid for graduate education is provided at the University's Admissions and Financial Aid website. For aid options specific to a field of study, please consult the website for your academic department of interest.
The Office of Residential Life offers Graduate Head Residentships paying full room, partial board, and a stipend in exchange for working with residence hall staff and students.
For postdoctoral students, University endowments, foundation grants, and government research or training grants fund fellowships in several fields, including African and African-American studies, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, physics, and women's studies.
Also, industry, government, and the University fund several loan programs for graduate students. Qualified students may obtain federally guaranteed student loans. Work-study funds from the federal government are available as well.
To recognize those applicants with exceptional academic credentials and talent in research, a University-wide competition is held each year for the prestigious Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull University Fellowships, which are awarded to 10 to 12 incoming doctoral students in disciplines throughout the University.
The Provost's Fellowships are intended to attract to Rochester's doctoral programs talented members of underrepresented groups who intend to pursue careers in university teaching and research.
A large number of other fellowship programs help support hundreds of graduate students throughout the University. Applicants are encouraged to apply for fellowships from private foundations, from New York State, and from the federal government (for example, the National Science Foundation or the Department of Defense).