Ph.D. Program Benefits
Providing an unrivaled experience
Outstanding funding support and benefits enhance the predoctoral researcher experience in an extraordinary research environment
Fully supporting our predoctoral researchers
Because the Graduate School is committed to giving each predoctoral researcher the best research experience in an unrivaled research environment, the Graduate School fully funds each predoctoral researcher and does not charge tuition for the graduate program.
The amount of the funding support is reviewed annually to ensure it remains competitive. The funding support for the 2023-2024 academic year is $40,000. In addition, the Graduate School purchases a laptop and necessary textbooks for each predoctoral researcher, and covers all costs of instruction and research. The Graduate School guarantees the funding and benefits through the duration of the program for each predoctoral researcher, as long as they remain in good standing.
The Graduate School provides:
Guaranteed funding support
The Graduate School guarantees the funding and benefits through the duration of the program for each predoctoral researcher, as long as they remain in good standing. The funding support for the 2023-2024 academic year is $40,000. Predoctoral researchers who have achieved candidacy status receive a $2,000 increase in annual funding support. Predoctoral researchers who are awarded a competitive external fellowship receive supplemental funding and additional professional development allowance.
Professional development allowance
Predoctoral researchers receive an annual allowance to attend scientific conferences and courses in the U.S. and around the world. Conferences and courses provide a wider platform to discuss and disseminate scientific findings and emerging techniques. In addition to bolstering the current research of predoctoral researchers, conferences and courses provide a networking opportunity for predoctoral researchers to meet leaders in their field.
Home travel allowance
Predoctoral researchers receive an annual allowance to travel to their home outside of the Kansas City area. The Graduate School recognizes the importance of family relationships during graduate education and feels strongly that predoctoral researchers should have the opportunity to visit family during their graduate school experience.
Medical, pharmacy, and dental insurance are required for all predoctoral researchers and available to eligible spouses, domestic partners, and/or eligible dependents. Stowers plans are available with shared premium costs between predoctoral researchers and Stowers. Proof of other coverage is acceptable in lieu of a Stowers plan.
Term life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, Employee Assistance Program, and other mental health services are provided at no cost to predoctoral researchers.
Predoctoral researchers have the opportunity to purchase vision insurance and additional life insurance, and to participate in tax savings plans and 403(b) plans.
Predoctoral researchers can also participate in a childcare subsidy provided by Stowers.
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