Funding Resources

Business Ph.D. Student Travel Funding Request Form 
School of Business doctoral students must first request and obtain written approval for travel from their department’s Ph.D. Program Coordinator. After the Ph.D. Coordinator has approved the travel, but before traveling, the student must complete the Business Ph.D. Student Travel Funding Request Form.

Travel Awards

Ph.D. students who are in good standing are eligible to request funding from the School of Business Ph.D. Program to participate in or attend an appropriate conference / colloquium / doctoral consortium, as approved by the department’s Ph.D. coordinator. Funding for research-related travel (e.g., data collection), may be available from sources not described.

School of Business, Departmental Travel Award 

School of Business,  Ph.D. Program Doctoral Student Travel Award    The Ph.D. program provides up to $1500 per doctoral student to defray travel expenses to attend professional conferences.

Graduate School, Doctoral Student Travel Award    The Graduate School’s Doctoral Student Travel (DST) funds are available to support doctoral students’ travel to domestic or international professional societies directly associated with a doctoral student’s research.  Students must have successfully completed at least 30 credits towards his/her degree program (a minimum of 15 credits have to be on the Doctoral Plan of Study) among other criteria.

Graduate School, Semi-Annual Doctoral Dissertaton Fellowship    Doctoral students who have successfully completed their general examination are offered conference travel funding from the Graduate School, among other criteria.  The application deadlines are in late-November and late-May, respectively.

GE Global Overseas Ph.D. Scholarship      The GE Global Learning Center will provide a grant to one Ph.D. student to visit a foreign institution for collaboration and research.  Interested students should submit a one page statement of interest including the institution they would like to visit, the timing of the proposed trip, the type of research and/or collaboration proposed, and a detailed budget. The fellowship call is e-mailed to doctoral students in October-November each year.

Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation   Funding will be provided to Ph.D. students seeking to attend a conference or workshop, collect data, or work with colleagues on a project related to entrepreneurship or innovation. Travel award amounts range and will be based on funding available, the costs associated with the trip and the nature of the conference.


Graduate Assistantship

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University. Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week.  Most business doctoral students receive a 5 year graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver, stipend of approximately $25,000 for the academic year and subsidized health insurance. This assistantship appointment is limited to 5 years, contingent on satisfactory progress in the degree program.


The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF)

Formally the Outstanding Scholar Program (OSP), the Jorgensen Fellowship is available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut. Recipients of these fellowships will represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University.  Available only to students in PhD programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying.

Harriott Fellowship (HF)

Formerly the Giolas-Harriott Fellowship (GHF), the Harriott Fellowship is available  to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut.  Nominees for HF awards are expected to demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity either within their field of study or more generally in all areas of higher education.  Available only to students in PhD programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying.


PreDoctoral Fellowships

PreDoctoral Fellowships are intended to accelerate progress of recipients toward completion of doctoral requirements and may not be used for terminal Master’s students.The Graduate School provides funds that are divided among the five School of Business departments who allocate the award among their students.

Teaching Awards

The University and the individual academic departments recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Graduate students, in conjunction with a faculty member, may also apply for small grant awards for curriculum and teaching development.

Summer Instructor Stipends

Summer teaching opportunities are available to doctoral students with departmental approval. Instructors on average earn an estimated $3,500 for teaching an undergraduate-level course.

Federal Forms of Financial Aid

The U.S. Government offers several forms of subsidized aid for all levels of university studies, including graduate studies. The types of aid include grants, loans, and work study. To be eligible, you must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident. Financial aid awards are determined by calculating a student’s “need”, which is equal to the cost of pursuing an education minus the student’s contributions. In order to be considered for Federal Financial Aid, a student must complete a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be submitted after January 1 but before March 1 for the following academic year.