Financial Support Overview

Master’s Students

Many master’s programs offer limited tuition scholarships to some students, in the basis of merit. Please contact the program you are interested in applying to. Emory’s Office of Financial Aid assists eligible students with obtaining student loans.

Doctoral Students

Robust and lasting support:

  • Annual stipends. For 2019-20, the minimum stipend is $31,000; many programs provide higher stipend amounts, some as high as $35,000, and special admissions fellowships (scroll down!) can raise the stipend even more.
  • Full tuition scholarships. Our standard tuition scholarships of approximately $62,700 fully cover tuition, leaving only student fees to be paid by students.
  • 100% subsidy of Emory’s student health insurance premium. In 2018-19, that amounts to $3,466 for the year. Our insurance provides excellent terms and access to one of the top-rated health care systems in the nation, Emory Healthcare.

As long as a student makes good academic progress, stipend and health insurance support last for five years or until degree completion, depending on which program a student is enrolled in.  Full tuition scholarships last for seven years; students who enroll in an eighth year are responsible for some tuition.

Funding is a partnership:

Funding to support doctoral study comes from many sources – university funds, research and training grants, philanthropy, and much more.

Funding also comes through efforts of students themselves. We expect all graduate students to make good faith efforts to secure external funding for their studies and research through grants available from funding agencies, foundations, and other entities. The funding available, and our expectations, vary across fields and programs, but in all cases the effort to secure funding to support training and research is an important component the professional training of graduate students.

Applicants who show that they have begun this professional path by applying for or obtaining funding for their training place themselves in a stronger position in the admissions process.

The Laney Graduate School supports students’ efforts to learn the skills needed to secure funding for their work, and we are proud of the significant success of Emory graduate students from across our programs.  Some recent successes are noted here and here.

Special admissions fellowships:

In addition to the basic support outline above, we offer several special fellowships to advance specific priorities.

  • The George W. Woodruff Fellowship is offered to outstanding candidates among the entering class of new students who show exceptional promise as future leaders in their fields. The Woodruff fellowship provides an additional $5,000 in stipend plus pays for all student fees, for a period of five years.
  • The Centennial Scholars Fellowship is intended to enhance the diversity of doctoral education at Emory by offering additional awards to academically outstanding candidates from groups that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. Awards vary, and are offered for a period of five years.
  • The Laney Graduate School Fellowship is offered to exceptionally qualified applicants across the programs of the graduate school. The Laney Fellowship provides an additional $2,500 in stipend, for a period of five years.
  • The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) Fellowship, along with the Brickman-Levin Fellowship, provide additional support for students with exceptional promise of future accomplishment in the area of Jewish studies. Student from all degree programs whose interests align broadly with the work of the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies are eligible. The TIJS Fellowship provides an additional $2,500 in stipend, for a period of five years, and the Brickman-Levin Fellowship provides an additional $1,500 stipend for five years.
  • The Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) Fellowships for stipend and travel funding are available for US citizens and permanent residents who are underrepresented in the sciences. This includes all students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students. Graduate IMSD are eligible for support for the first two years of graduate studies.

If you apply to the Laney Graduate School, you don't need to separately apply for any of these fellowships. Programs determine which applicants to nominate for special fellowships, review committees make the final selections, and their decision will be reflected in an award letter that spells out the terms of support we offer.

More opportunities:

In addition to scholarships and stipends, we offer two important sources of financial support -- Professional Development Support Funds and advanced student fellowships.

  • Our Professional Development Support (PDS) Funds offer doctoral students support for their development as scholars and professionals — attending conferences, obtaining additional training, and conducting costly research. These funds are available by application.  Students can receive up to $2,500 in each category if their advisors believe their projects will further their progress to degree, and more through a competitive review process.
  • The Laney Graduate School, often in cooperation with other Emory entities, offer a number of advanced student fellowships. These are one-year fellowships designed for students who have exhausted their "regular" fellowships but need one more year of support to complete their degrees. In addition to funding, they are opportunities to learn additional skills and gain experience in professional arenas such as teaching, digital scholarship, library management, and more.

Yellow Ribbon Program for Post 9/11 Veterans

The Laney Graduate School participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more on our Yellow Ribbon Program page.