Childhood Studies Offers Many Funding Opportunities for Graduate Applicants

The Department of Childhood Studies, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers University—Camden offer a variety of funding sources for those applying to the doctoral program in Childhood Studies and offer significant opportunities for support to current students in the program.

Graduate Assistantships
Available to entering, full-time PhD students only, these Assistantships offer tuition remission, a stipend and a variety of benefits, including health insurance. Students typically serve as teaching assistants for undergraduate courses, as research assistants and, usually, have the opportunity to teach their own undergraduate courses. Renewable for up to 5 years.

Presidential Fellowships
Presidential Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming doctoral students across the entire Rutgers University system in all fields. Fellowships provide for a $35,000 stipend for up to three years in addition to tuition remission and benefits. Childhood Studies has been particularly successful in garnering this award, counting three Presidential Fellows among its ranks over the years. Graduate Assistantships are available for an additional two years to PF awardees.

David K. Sengstack Endowed Graduate Fellowship
This endowed graduate fellowship was established in 2008 in memory of Rutgers College Class of 1944 alumnus David K. Sengstack to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University—Camden. Fellowships may be awarded to full-time or part-time graduate students based on academic merit and financial need.  One, two or three awards may be given in any year. Awards will vary in monetary value, given the number available and the status of the fund from which the fellowship draws.

The Marsh-Gillette Endowed Fund for Childhood Studies
The Marsh-Gillette Endowed Funds was established by former FAS Dean Margaret Marsh and Professor Howard Gillette in 2010 to “provide research and travel support for Ph.D. students enrolled in the Childhood Studies program.” Students receiving the funds will be designated a “Marsh-Gillette Fellow in Childhood Studies” for the fiscal year in which the support is granted. Funds are to be awarded to full-time or part-time graduate students based on academic merit.

Dissertation Fellowships
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Rutgers-Camden awards $5000 on a competitive basis to PhD students working in the final phases of dissertation writing to assist in the timely completion of their projects.

Research and Conference Travel Assistance
Both the Department of Childhood Studies and the Graduate School make available funds for student conference and research-oriented travel. Amounts vary according to availability.