Each year, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences welcomes approximately 500 of the world’s most promising scholars to its doctoral programs (2015 Matriculation Ceremony for New Graduate Students). These sought-after students choose Yale for the opportunity to study with the Graduate School’s outstanding faculty, and to take advantage of the University’s wide array of academic resources and services.
They also come for the unsurpassed support Yale provides to its Ph.D. students, which allows them to focus on their scholarship, successfully complete their education, and find rewarding careers.
This support starts with outstanding financial aid. Each doctoral student receives an annual stipend ranging from $29,000 to $33,700 to meet living expenses. Not only is this figure highly competitive with our peers, but the considerably lower cost of living in New Haven makes the Yale stipend even more favorable. Tuition ($38,700 for 2015-16) is covered by a tuition fellowship from the graduate school, research grants or national and international fellowships; no Ph.D. student pays tuition.
The Graduate School also pays for comprehensive health care for all students and their families. We know of no other peer school that does this. If the student has a spouse, but no dependent children, Yale pays half the cost of the spouse’s health insurance. For families with children, the Graduate School covers the entire cost of the premiums. A parental support and relief policy provides students with an additional full semester of stipend and healthcare support at the birth or adoption of children.
Over six years, the total cost of support equals nearly $369,000 for a single Ph.D. student. For a student with a family, the support totals more than $437,500. In humanities and social science programs, most of the funding is from the Graduate School. In the natural sciences, funding is from the Graduate School, external fellowships and faculty research grants.
In the 2014-15 academic year, the total spending for graduate students on these benefits totaled $158 million.
Students also receive robust support in their professional development through the Office of Career Strategy and the Center for Teaching and Learning, which includes the Graduate School Writing Center and other programs.
The Graduate School considers learning to teach to be an integral part of doctoral education, and builds training and teaching opportunities into every program. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides a full range of support services to help graduate students learn how to be better teachers. In the humanities and social sciences, students are expected to assist in teaching one course per semester in each of four semesters, most frequently in their third year of study and beyond. Students in the sciences normally assist in teaching one course in each of two to four terms.
Students at Yale teach significantly less than they might at other institutions. In fact, nearly 70% of Yale doctoral students will do no teaching at all this fall. Over the course of six years, no more than 14% of a doctoral student’s time is devoted to teaching as part of their training, and for many it is much less.
The Graduate School’s leadership works with individual students, the Graduate Student Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, faculty, and senior University leadership to identify ways to enhance graduate education and student life. This ongoing collaborative approach ensures that the graduate student experience at Yale remains unrivaled.