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Financial Support for PhD Students

Most of our PhD students receive financial support from the University of Illinois, and the rest hold external fellowships.

Teaching Assistantships

PhD students are generally offered a position as a "50% teaching assistant" at the time of admission. This teaching assistantship includes a full tuition waiver (regardless of student's residency classification) and partial fee waiver, as well as a stipend sufficient for living expenses in Champaign-Urbana.

The stipend amount for the academic year 2015-2016 (Fall and Spring semesters) is $19,542. The workload is officially 20 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Typical weekly duties for a first-year student consist of leading two discussion sections for a calculus course, where each section meets for 2 hours per week; plus 1 hour spent meeting with the other teaching assistants and the professor; 3 hours tutoring; time for grading student worksheets and quizzes; and grading exams several times per semester. More senior students can request assignments in the Merit program, the NetMath online education program, and sole-charge assignments in quantitative reasoning courses. The teaching assistantship will be renewed for a total of 6 years (5 years for students who enter with a 2-year Masters degree), assuming the student makes normal progress in the PhD program.

Graduate College Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

These fellowships, funded by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, provide a full tuition waiver and a stipend for one to three years. The competition is campus-wide. Outstanding applicants from populations historically underrepresented in graduate study will be nominated for the fellowship by the Department of Mathematics. Such populations include, but are not limited to, people of African-American, Hispanic, and Native American descent. Students from these backgrounds are encouraged to identify themselves in the application so that they may be considered for this fellowship. Further, students will be considered for up to $40,000 in scholarship funding from the Sloan Foundation University Center of Exemplary Mentoring.

Illinois Distinguished Fellowships

These prestigious fellowships, funded by the Graduate College, carry a full tuition waiver and a stipend for up to three years. The competition is campus-wide. All PhD applicants will be considered for nomination by the Department of Mathematics.

GAANN Fellowships

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, GAANN Fellowships offer a full tuition waiver and stipend for three years to outstanding students. Fellows are free of teaching duties in the first year, participate in training in teaching during the second year, and do some teaching in the third year. Thereafter, the Mathematics Department will support GAANN fellows as regular teaching assistants for up to three additional years. These fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and nationals. All U.S. applicants to the PhD program will be considered for GAANN fellowships.

External Fellowships

We encourage students to apply for outside fellowships such as the NSF Graduate Fellowship, Royal Thai Scholarship, and so on. See our Fellowship links.

Support for Continuing Students

Research Assistantships

Many senior PhD students are supported as research assistants funded by their thesis adviser's grant funding.

Mathematics Department Fellowships

The Mathematics Department offers a number of fellowships specifically for continuing graduate students.


Semester-long academic internships for graduate students are available through the GEAR Network. Visit the GEAR website for details.

Summer Funding

Many PhD students in our program receive summer support, in amounts ranging from $2,000-$6,000 for 1-3 summer months depending on duties and source of funding. For details, see the summer funding webpage