Financial Support

The Graduate School has separate and distinct funding models for doctoral programs, master’s programs and professional master’s programs.

The University offers three types of financial support to graduate students: tuition scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. For the policy governing all three types of financial support, please see the posted financial support policy.

Tuition Scholarship

Approximately 97 percent of students in the Graduate School — both doctoral and master’s — receive full-tuition scholarships that include all fees except for a small student activity fee. For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition is $51,336, including Health and Technology fees.

For programs that offer only master’s degrees, varying levels of support, ranging from tuition assistance to full tuition plus a stipend, are provided. Professional master’s programs normally require tuition, although there are some merit-based scholarships available. Students should check with their individual program to see what level of funding is available.

Fellowships and Assistantships

Of our doctoral students, 94 percent receive multi-year fellowships or assistantships that provide stipends. For the 2017–2018 academic year, Notre Dame’s standard stipend for doctoral students is $23,000 on a twelve-month basis for humanities and social science students, and $24,500 to $30,215, according to program, on a twelve-month basis for engineering and science students. Note that our Notre Dame/South Bend community has a very low cost-of-living index.

The University offers a number of select fellowships that provide higher levels of support—up to $37,500/year—and full health care coverage.

In addition, the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships assists students in applying for both internal and external funding. For information, please email

Health Insurance

The Graduate School provides a subsidy of the health insurance premium cost for full-time, fully funded students who purchase the University sponsored health insurance plan. For information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the Health Subsidy Eligibility Policy. For the 2017–18 academic year, the standard subsidy will cover the full student premium. Additional information on the plan and the cost for spouses and dependents can be found on the University Health Services website.

External and Internal Funds for Conferences, Workshops, and Research Travel

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for external funding to support their research. For more information on funding opportunities, see the research page under the Professional Development section of our website, which includes resources such as Pivot.

Funds for professional development, workshops, and research travel are also available through the Zahm Research Travel fund, Notebaert Professional Development fund, and Joseph F. Downes Memorial fund. For more information about these endowments, please see the Graduate School Professional Development Grants application links and instructions on the research page. For additional questions regarding these funds, please contact Mae Kilker at

Students should also contact their departments, associated institutes, and the Graduate Student Union to inquire about additional resources.

Additional Support

Virtually all programs provide additional summer support, with the frequency and levels of support varying according to discipline.

In addition, many centers and institutes provide funding for graduate students; for example, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Nanovic Institute, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies. Visit the Graduate School’s listing of additional funding sources for a detailed breakdown of opportunities that are available through on-campus sources.

Page Last Updated: February 13, 2017