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Several Graduate Teaching Assistantships -- typically five -- are available to qualified applicants each year. Students entering with a B.A. and intending to earn an M.A. and a Ph.D. in SPEL may be offered up to four years of funding in the form of a teaching assistantship, and students entering with an M.A. in Philosophy and intending to earn a Ph.D. in SPEL may be offered up to three years of funding in the form of a teaching assistantship. Teaching assistantships are offered for one year at a time and are renewed conditional upon the student's satisfactory progress towards the degree and satisfactory performance as a teaching assistant. A teaching assistantship provides a competitive stipend, and often, tuition scholarships and health benefits in exchange for 10 to 20 hours of work per week in the classroom or office. Additional funding may be available to teaching assistants in the form of Provost's Doctoral Summer Fellowship and (small) amounts of money to support conference travel. Students who are not initially offered funding but who enroll in the SPEL program may apply for funding in subsequent years.

We cannot offer financial support to those entering our terminal M.A. program.

There are other opportunities for funding in addition to teaching assistantships. Students who have already earned their M.A. (in SPEL or elsewhere) and who have already served as a teaching assistant (or taught elsewhere) may apply to teach their own courses during summer sessions or winter session. The philosophy department typically awards one Dissertation Assistantship each year to a fourth year ABD student for use the following year. The fellowship comes with a full tuition scholarship, benefits, and a stipend equal to the stipend paid to teaching assistants, but carries no teaching obligation. The department also assists students applying for external fellowships, and on average in the last few years, 1-2 students have had external fellowships each year.

Applicants to the SPEL program who meet particular "diversity criteria" are encouraged to apply for a Clifford D. Clark Graduate Fellowship for Diversity. "Clark Fellows" are offered (conditional upon satisfactory progress towards the degree) funding for two years to earn a terminal M.A., for five years to earn an M.A. and a Ph.D., and for four years to earn a Ph.D. if entering with an M.A.; one additional year of funding is possible on a competitive basis. The fellowship includes a full tuition scholarship, a competitive stipend, health benefits, and other miscellaneous benefits. For the first year, Clark Fellows do not need to work as teaching assistants; in subsequent years Clark Fellows assist in or teach one course per year.

Note that the cost of living in Binghamton is unusually low; we encourage you to compare Binghamton with other locations on a cost of living calculator.

Visit the Graduate School website for information on loans and other ways to fund your graduate studies. Information on the costs of attending may also be found here. For tuition and fees, please check the Rates tables on the Student Accounts website. U.S. Citizens may also be eligible for student loans and campus employment. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.

Last Updated: 8/10/17