Financial Aid Opportunities

Teaching and research assistantships, which cover tuition costs and provide stipends for living expenses, are available on a competitive basis to students accepted into the Ph.D. Program. Compensation and duties attached to the appointment are governed by a contract negotiated between Rutgers University and the American Association of University Professors. Responsibilities usually include serving as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course or research assistant on a research project. Compensation is approximately $28,569 per year (as of July 1, 2019), plus tuition remission and full medical benefits. Additional information financial aid can be found here

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 Ph.D. 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 five years.

Presidential Fellowships

Presidential Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to an incoming graduate student in a doctoral program selected for a TA/GA position in the 2016-2017 academic year. This award carries a stipend of $15,000 per year and may be renewed up to three years. Childhood Studies has been particularly successful in garnering this award, counting five Presidential Fellows among its ranks over the years.

Bunche Fellowship

One Bunche Fellowship will be awarded campus-wide to an incoming graduate student representing a diversity population.  The fellowship includes a stipend plus tuition remission. Exceptional candidates are nominated by their Program Director for consideration.

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 Fund 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 awarded to full-time or part-time graduate students based on academic merit.