Financial support is guaranteed for five years to students making satisfactory progress. Students receive full tuition, a stipend, and individual health coverage. Support is in the form of:
- teaching assistantships
- research assistantships
All students are supported on full fellowships in their first year, so have no teaching duties.
Teaching assistants either teach recitation sections or grade papers for more advanced courses. Both jobs are paid at the same rate, and both require about 12 hours per week. Teaching is an important part of the graduate education in Mathematics and all students are strongly encouraged to teach, whether supported through other means or not.
In academic year 2017–18, stipends for assistantships are $3,200 per month for nine months (Sept 1 – May 31) and include individual health coverage for 12 months. Some additional financial support is available during the summer. See summer support.
Students are encouraged to seek outside fellowships and grants. We do not require students to begin fellowships in their first year in our graduate program (but the granting agency may have such a requirement).
If an outside fellowship partially covers a student's full tuition and stipend, then the department will give the student a teaching assistantship to provide the balance. The required teaching will be reduced to match the fraction of the support provided by the department. For example, as of 2015, an NSF graduate fellowship provides about 50% of the department's standard compensation package, so an NSF graduate fellow can expect to serve as a teaching assistant for three of the six semesters during which the student is supported on this fellowship.
Every mathematics graduate student who has passed the qualifying exam is eligible for an annual allowance towards conference travel. Details of the policy are available here.