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 10-12 hours per week. Teaching is an important part of the graduate education in Mathematics and all students are expected to teach at least one semester and preferably more, whether supported through other means or not.
In academic year 2019–20, stipends for assistantships are $3,400 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 supplement the remainder, either through a teaching assistantship, a research assistantship, or a departmental fellowship, in order to bring all students up to the same level of support.
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.