Funding Your Clinical Psychology Education
Admission to our Clinical Training Program comes with the presumption of full funding. We do not fund some student and not others. Student stipends come from four different sources:
- University graduate assistantships are usually limited to the student's first year and include the responsibility of serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for one course or a Research Assistant (RA) to a faculty member. We anticipate that stipends for the next year will be approximately $23,000 for new incoming students for the nine-month academic year and will include individual health insurance.
- Fellowships are available for minority students and there are a limited number of fellowships to support dissertation research. The amount of these fellowships is similar to graduate assistantships, except additional funding for the summer is available for the Clark Minority Fellowships. There are no formal duties associated with these fellowships; however, students in their second year and beyond are still expected to complete the community practica.
- Research Assistantships are funded from faculty grants. They typically require working on the specific grant project of the student's faculty advisor.
- Community Practicum Traineeships form the bulk of the funding source for clinical students. Most students in their second year and beyond are funded through these community placements.
Funding is never guaranteed for more than one year at a time. We have always provided at least four years of support for all students who are making adequate progress in their program. Applicants should remember that with changing issues in the healthcare system and with the continued economic depression in state and local government, the future of training stipends for doctoral clinical students is somewhat uncertain.
Funding, within the limits of the above caveat, is for four years; however, students who are in residence for five or even six years may be reasonably assured of obtaining some additional funding. Funding for the summer months is sporadic, though we have typically been able to find some sort of support for students during the summer. Students are discouraged from taking outside jobs and are expected to be on campus in the summer months, engaged in scholarly and research activities.
All clinical students who are admitted are automatically given tuition scholarships. However, some small student fees will be incurred, as well as other costs related to graduate education.