Funding & Awards
The University offers three types of primary educational funding to graduate students: tuition scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. For the policy governing funding, please see the posted financial support policy. The University additionally supports students’ pursuit of external and internal awards through the Office of Grants and Fellowships.
Please note: the Graduate School has separate and distinct funding models for doctoral programs, master’s programs, and professional master’s programs. Students should consult their individual program’s funding structures, as well as resources offered by the Office of Financial Aid, for more information.
Almost 100% of students in the Graduate School receive full-tuition scholarships that include all fees except for a small student activity fee. Professional master’s programs are excluded. For the 2020-21 academic year, tuition is $57,050, including Health and Technology fees. Refer to the Student Accounts website for the breakdown of tuition and fees for Graduate School programs.
Master’s programs offer varying levels of support, ranging from tuition assistantship to full tuition plus a stipend. Students should check with their individual program to learn what level of funding is available. Professional master’s programs normally do not cover tuition, meaning that the student is responsible for payment. (Merit-based scholarships are occasionally available.)
University Fellowships and Assistantships
Of our doctoral students, 94% receive multi-year fellowships or assistantships that provide stipends. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Notre Dame’s standard stipend for doctoral students is $25,000 on a twelve-month basis for humanities and social science students, and $23,293 to $32,544, according to program, on a nine or twelve-month basis for science and engineering students. The Notre Dame/South Bend community has a very low cost-of-living index. Learn more>
The University also offers a number of select fellowships that provide higher levels of support—up to $40,000/year—as well as other advantages. Learn more>
In addition, the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships assists students in applying for both internal and external funding.
The Graduate School provides a subsidy toward the cost of the health insurance premium for full-time, fully funded students who are enrolled in the University sponsored health insurance plan. For information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the Health Subsidy Eligibility Policy. For the 2020-21 academic year, the standard subsidy will cover the full cost of the premium. Additional information on the plan and the cost for spouses and dependents can be found on the University Health Services website.
Competitive Funding and Awards Resources
The Graduate School prides itself on its proven track record of empowering students to win competitive funding to further support research and professional development. Through our Office of Grants and Fellowships we help students identify potential funding sources and develop competitive applications. Our multidisciplinary support team guides students through the application process, training them to communicate their research's significance to a wide audience. Learn more about winning competitive funding through the Office of Grants and Fellowships.