Funding Your Graduate Education in Cognitive and Brain Sciences
All students admitted to the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program are fully funded, and accepted students will find Binghamton's low cost of living an additional bonus. Student stipends come from three different sources:
- University Graduate Assistantships entail assisting in one course per term as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or serving as a Research Assistant (RA). This time commitment is significantly less than the two courses per term that are often required of graduate TAs, allowing more time for research. We anticipate that stipends for the next year will be approximately $23,000 for new incoming students for the nine-month academic year and include individual health insurance.
- Fellowships are available for minority students, and there are a number of fellowships to support dissertation research. The amount of these fellowships is equal to or greater than that of graduate assistantships, and some carry support for the summer as well. There are no formal duties associated with these fellowships, which afford students a maximum amount of time to devote to their own work.
- Research Assistantships are funded from faculty grants and are available to students working in a funded faculty member's lab.
Note that the above sources of funding also include a tuition scholarship for regular (academic-year) courses. Additional financial support is available during the summer in the form of teaching positions (following training), grant funding, and the University research centers associated with the department.