Funding Resources

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.

Business Ph.D. Student Travel Approval Process
School of Business doctoral students must request and obtain approval for travel via UConn’s “Concur pre-approval request.” NO travel can be purchased without confirmed approval. Students needing budget estimates in advance of completing the form, please check with the PhD Office.

  • School of Business, Ph.D. Program Doctoral Student Travel Award The Ph.D. program provides up to $1500 per doctoral student annually, to defray travel expenses to attend professional conferences.
  • School of Business, Departmental Travel Award   Departments vary in their travel award process. Please check with the PhD Program office for details.
  • Graduate School, Doctoral Student Travel Award   The Graduate School awards a limited number of spring and fall Doctoral Student Travel Fellowship (DSTF) awards in the amount of $750 for doctoral students. Funds are available one time only during a student’s academic career.
  • Graduate School, Semi-Annual Doctoral Dissertaton Fellowship    Graduate School awards a limited number of Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) awards in the amount of $ 2,000 for students in doctoral programs requiring a dissertation.
  • 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) and Harriott (HF) Fellowship

These awards consist of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend (paid monthly, starting in Fall 2019). Departments may couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship.

 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.

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.