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Graduate School’s Financial Support too.
A number of assistantships are available each
year to incoming Ph.D. students. Applicants are
automatically considered for these
Assistantships (TA and RA)
For 2011-2012, the normal assistantships carry
a stipend of
$2,248.87 per month,
or $26,986 per year.
Please note the Cost of Living in North Carolina is less than in many other
It is not possible to compare
the stipends in other institutions without looking at
the Cost of Living.
The fine print:
- The stipend ($2,248.87) is the same per month
for a TA (teaching assistant) or an RA (research assistant).
- Tuition ($20,360 per term) and most fees are paid for the recipient
in addition to their TA or RA award; (i.e. you do not need to
These fees include the registration fees, student health fees,
and the recreation fees.
Other fees not included are
the activity fees ($16.25 per term)
and the transcript
fee ($40 in the first Fall term).
- Also see the health insurance below.
The “student health fees” and the “health insurance”
- Visit the
Typical Academic Year Expenses from the Graduate School. Many of these
expenses are paid for the TA or RA.
- 1st year — 9-months
Most students will work as a TA for the nine-month academic year.
First-year graduate TAs are assigned duties of approximately
12–15 hours per week, normally assisting with the general undergraduate
- 1st year — 3-months (summer)
Most students will work as an RA for the three-month academic year.
- 2nd year — 9-months
Most students resume their teaching assistantships in
their second academic year, however sometimes a professor
will recruit a student to work on a research project with him/her.
- From the summer 2nd year — RA
Most students will be working with a research group and
embark on their dissertation research project.
The Graduate School will pay the
health insurance premium for Ph.D. students in years 1-6 who enroll in the
Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (Duke SIMP).
The Graduate School will not cover health insurance premiums for any other
plan nor does this benefit have any cash or other substitution value.
Coverage for additional family members must be purchased separately.
This plan year will run from August 1st – July 31st.
The Duke SMIP is mandatory for international students attending Duke
on an F-1 or J-1 visa, and they will be automatically enrolled in the Plan.
is available on
Graduate School Payment of Health Insurance
policy, and the Duke SMIP in the
Duke University Student Affairs website.
The stipend (and any supplements) listed here will be part of
your gross pay from Duke. Your actual take-home pay will depend upon
your personal tax situation and cannot be estimated here. Students
from different countries and/or different family situations will be
responsible for different tax commitments. In addition, Duke policy
dictates that no fees or tuition may be charged to research grants.
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