PhD Program

Financial Aid


The School of Nursing makes a strong commitment to funding students admitted into the PhD program. Sources of funding include extramural, campus, and internal School of Nursing funding. The majority of funding decisions are made in the Spring for the following academic year. Continuing and newly admitted students are encouraged to apply for funding. Below is a summary of the major types of support.  


Doctoral students have priority for project (PA), teaching (TA) and research assistantships (RA) administered by the School of Nursing. Project and research assistantships are funded by faculty research grants and by School of Nursing gift funds. Graduate students who have a PA, a TA, or an RA of at least a 33.33 percent appointment for a Fall or Spring term are eligible to receive remission of full tuition.


Several traineeships and fellowships are available to PhD students in nursing.  Fellowships or traineeships that are payrolled through the university and that carry stipends equivalent to at least a 33.33 percent research assistantship also qualify for remission of non-resident tuition. These awards cover tuition and fees and provide a monthly stipend. Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are awarded for qualified minority or economically disadvantaged nonminority students. To be considered, applicants should indicate their interest in funding on their Graduate School application. The Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is given to a current PhD student who shows excellence in their area of research.

Nurses for Wisconsin, a 2013-2015 UW System Incentive Grant, is a new funding opportunity available to predoctoral and postdoctoral students. Learn more and apply here.

Current students in the PhD program have been successful in competing for federal National Research Service Awards (NRSA) which are individual predoctoral fellowships. More information can be found at:

Scholarships and Research Awards

Scholarships are available to fund expenses related to research work while in the program. Various amounts and criteria are used for these scholarship awards. Application is made through the School of Nursing throughout the year. Students can receive these scholarships and awards in addition to assistantships and fellowships.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The School of Nursing has received Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program funding for several years. Students pursuing careers in nursing education can borrow funds to cover tuition and other educational expenses. After students graduate and are working as full time faculty, up to 85 percent of the NFLP loan is forgiven over the next four year period.

Outside Resources

Scholarships and loans may also be found through the Graduate School and Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information, visit the Graduate School web page:
and the Office of Student Financial Aid web page: