Steinhardt Launches New Academic and Funding Program for Research Doctoral Students

The Office of Research and Doctoral Studies has announced that the School will fully fund all full-time research doctoral students, beginning with the cohort of Ph.D. students entering September, 2010. In addition, each of the School’s academic departments has developed a set of benchmarks and milestones that faculty mentors will help their students achieve in order to prepare them academically and professionally for post-doctoral work.

“By fully funding our research doctoral students, we will free our students to focus on their academics, to develop themselves professionally, and to prepare scholarly works that build their CVs,” said Perry Halkitis, associate dean of research and doctoral studies and professor of applied psychology.

The Steinhardt Fellows program is designed to help students undertake full-time study and research, to participate in superior academic and scholarly experiences, and to complete their studies in a timely manner. Depending on the student’s program of study and degree requirements, financial support includes two to three years of full tuition and fees and a generous living stipend of $23,000 through the completion of the student’s required coursework, and one to three years with a $15,000 scholarship to support the development and completion of their dissertation.

Selected doctoral students may alternatively be appointed to a Research Assistantship. Research Assistants are funded by external grants and work with a principal investigator on a funded research project. Unlike Steinhardt Fellows, RAs agree to work 20 hours per week on an ongoing research project, typically with a team of faculty and other students. Steinhardt Fellows may become Research Assistants when Steinhardt faculty win funding for projects that require research assistance.

“Our goal is to have our research doctoral students finish their studies in a timely manner, with the best academic and scholarly experiences and the most promising CVs,” said Halkitis. “When they conclude their studies, they will have a high likelihood of being placed at top-notch academic positions throughout the country.”

Doctoral students will work closely with their faculty mentors to develop a set of deliverables each year that lead to the enhancement of their CVs. These projects include conference presentations, exhibitions, authored manuscripts, grant submissions, sample syllabi, and other products that are at the heart of academic research.

“With this new plan, not only will our doctoral students find success, but also our faculty will find opportunities to expand and grow their research agenda,” said Halkitis. “Research and doctoral study go hand in hand. For a faculty member, engaging with able, capable, and motivated Ph.D. student helps grow your thinking.”