The Ph.D. in Public Affairs–Community Development program creates several financial aid opportunities for doctoral students.  All graduate students are eligible for in-state tuition.  Graduate Assistantships, which cover tuition costs and fees and include a stipend and eligibility for health insurance, are available on an academically competitive basis to students accepted for full-time study in the Ph.D. program.  If interested, be sure to indicate full-time status and a preference for funding in your application.

Graduate Assistants are represented by a collective bargaining agreement at Rutgers University.  The annual stipend is approximately $26,000 and changes annually based on negotiated increases.  Graduate Assistants must be full-time students (no less than nine credits per semester) in the Ph.D. program and must limit outside employment.  Graduate Assistants conduct research 15 hours per week over the academic year (September 1 – June 30) under the supervision of a faculty member.

Applicants for Graduate Assistantships must apply by February 15.

Please contact the Graduate School for more information on assistantships. 

All compensation and duties attached to the assistantship are governed by a contract negotiated between Rutgers University and the American Association of University Professors.