Financial Assistance and Fellowships

Qualified PhD students have the opportunity to receive funding while in the graduate program at ODU. Most of our PhD students are funded either through Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) or Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA).

Additional information on funding and fellowships specifically for PhD students is below.

Dominion Graduate Scholar

The College of Sciences offers the Dominion Graduate Scholar appointment, a competitive award for newly admitted graduate students. In the Department of Computer Science, these Dominion Graduate Scholar awards carry a $9000 stipend for 12 months, which is supplemented by either a GRA or GTA. These awards include full tuition exemption and require that students be enrolled in at least nine hours of graduate courses each semester and three graduate credits during the summer. The awards are made for a maximum of 2 years, but continuation for the second year will be contingent upon satisfactory performance in the graduate program during the first year.

Modeling & Simulation Fellowship

The Department of Computer Science receives funding from the Modeling & Simulation steering committee to support PhD students who are pursuing research related to Modeling & Simulation. These fellowships carry a $9000 stipend for 12 months, which is supplemented by either a GRA or GTA. These awards include full tuition exemption and require that students be enrolled in six hours of graduate courses each semester, including summer. The awards are made for a maximum of 3 years, but continuation for the second and third years will be contingent upon satisfactory performance in the graduate program during the previous years.

Students who receive the M&S Fellowship are required to present their research at the annual Modeling & Simulation Capstone Conference and to complete the Modeling and Simulation Certificate in Computing and Informatics.

Summer Funding

All PhD students are expected to obtain GRA positions during the summer, working for their major advisor. Summer GRA stipends vary, but are typically between $3000-$6000. Full tuition exemption is included.

Entering Student Funding

Newly admitted PhD students are guaranteed to be funded either by a GRA, GTA, or half-time GTA/half-time GRA combination. During the Summer, the CS department will provide $3000 of support. By the end of the Spring semester, PhD students are expected to have identified a major advisor. If research funding is available, your major advisor may match the department’s stipend for a total summer stipend of $6000. During the first year, most PhD students are guaranteed $18,000 with the possibility of receiving $21,000 with a 100% tuition waiver.