Student Funding Opportunities

Financial Support, Including Full Tuition Remission for PhD Students*

*Note: Because of budget limitations, the department does not offer assistantships or tuition remissions to students in the master’s programs in Health Psychology and Behavior Analysis.  However, students in these programs are eligible to apply for DGSF and AOP Fellowships, and students in the master’s program in Behavior Analysis are also eligible to apply for Fellowships in Behavior Analysis.

The Psychology Department is able to guarantee 3 years of funding for students in the Ph.D programs, but we typically fund Ph.D. students for more than three years.

Most admitted Ph.D. students are funded via academic-year Teaching Assistantships, which require approximately 20 hours of work per week. Teaching assistants usually lead discussion or laboratory sessions for courses in the Psychology Department. In addition to their stipends (approximately $11,838 per academic year for a teaching assistant), these appointments include full remission of tuition (both in-state and out-of-state tuition), as well as benefits such as low-cost health insurance.

Some Ph.D. students may also be funded through Research Assistantships or Project Assistantships (which also typically require 20 hours of work per week).

There are also several intramural fellowship competitions, as follows.

(1) UWM Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (DGSF)

Each year, the department nominates a small number of outstanding current master’s and PhD students for the UWM DGSF competition. The DGSF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship. The academic-year stipend for 2016-17 is $15,000. Fellows receive full tuition remission and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, Fellowship recipients may benefit from a $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. Click here for more information.

(2) UWM Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

Each year, the department nominates a small number of outstanding advanced doctoral students for the UWM DDF Fellowship competition.  The DDF is for UWM Ph.D. students who have either achieved dissertator status or will achieve dissertator status during the award year. The DDF is a one-year, non-renewable fellowship. The academic-year fellowship stipend for 2016-17 is $16,500. Fellows receive full tuition remission and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, recipients may benefit from a $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. Click here for more information.

(3) UWM Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship
Each year, the department nominates a small number of outstanding master’s and PhD candidates for the AOP Fellowship competition.  The AOP Fellowship is for new and continuing qualified UWM graduate students who are: members of groups underrepresented in graduate study, first-generation college graduates who were eligible for Pell Grants or considered “high financial need.”, or students with disabilities. The AOP fellowship is renewable for up to two years for master’s students and up to three years for doctoral students, subject of biennial grant renewal by the State. The academic-year fellowship stipend for 2016-17 is $15,000. Fellows receive full tuition coverage and are eligible for health benefits. In addition, Fellows may benefit from a one time, non-renewable $1,000 travel award that will accompany each fellowship award. Click here for more information.

(4) Cialdini Fellowships

Based on a review of all admission applications, two outstanding Psychology Department doctoral admittees will be selected for Cialdini Fellowships. These fellowships were made possible by a generous gift to UWM from Dr. Robert Cialdini ’67 and Bobette Gorden. An internationally recognized social psychologist, Dr. Cialdini is an alumnus of our department who received UWM’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. In addition to their departmental teaching/research/project assistantship salaries, each Cialdini Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 per year. Contingent on satisfactory progress and maintenance of good standing in the program, each awardee’s $5,000 fellowship will be renewable annually for a total of four years of support (i.e., 2017-2018 through 2020-2021: a total of $20,000)..

(5) Fellowships for Students in Behavior Analysis

There are fellowships available for both master’s and Ph.D. students in Behavior Analysis.

John and Lynn Schiek Stipends and Research Awards. John and Lynn Schiek, alumni of our department, generously provide stipends to support students entering the experimental psychology programs in behavior analysis. Two students admitted to the doctoral program are eligible for $5,000 stipends (in addition to departmental teaching assistantships); two students admitted to the terminal master’s program are eligible for $2,500 stipends. Besides underwriting stipends, John and Lynn Schiek support research projects in behavior analysis. Each award is about $1,000.

Corrine Russell Donley Fellowship in Applied Behavior Analysis. Corrine Russell Donley, Ed.D., Columbia University Teachers College, has established an endowment that provides a $1000 fellowship for students seeking to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts® or Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts®. Dr. Donley was responsible for the early childhood program for children with disabilities at UW-Oshkosh and is a behavior analytic consultant in NE Wisconsin. Although the fellowship is open to all students seeking to become applied behavior analysts, special consideration is given to applicants who will serve the people of NE Wisconsin, particularly the people of Fond du Lac, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties.