Graduate students in the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program are funded via graduate assistantships. This funding is typically in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Teaching assistants generally serve in an instructional capacity, either under the supervision of a faculty member, or potentially as an instructor of record. Duties of the former can range from classroom duties and grading to teaching laboratory sections for statistics or experimental psychology. Instructors of record have the support of a faculty advisor for questions or issues that might arise, and these positions can provide excellent training opportunities for those planning academic careers. Research assistants generally work on a research grant with a faculty member or other supervisor. In the past, about half of our students have been funded via a research assistantship and half via a teaching assistantship.
Our intention is that all students are funded throughout our five-year doctoral program. We have successfully accomplished this goal for the program’s entire history, but of course funding is subject to the availability of funds.