Incoming Ph.D. students normally receive either a fellowship or assistantship that provides full tuition, plus a stipend for living expenses for five years, contingent upon satisfactory progress in the program. Living-expense stipends for the 2013-14 academic year are $19,000. Students receiving graduate assistantships are assigned to work either on faculty research projects or to assist faculty with teaching or professional peacebuilding. If students enter with advanced standing and transfer credits, the number of years of support may be less than five.
Funding may also be available, in full or in part, beyond five years when warranted. Additional funding may be available for summer study or research, although this is provided on a competitive basis and not available for all students.
The Kroc Institute encourages its graduate students to seek outside fellowships for financial support, both before arriving and after coming to campus. Such awards not only provide financial assistance, but also act as formal recognition of the student’s accomplishments and promise.