All doctoral applicants are considered automatically for financial support, so no separate application is required for this purpose. Students in the doctoral programs are normally supported during the typical training period (four years for students entering with a bachelor’s degree and three years for students entering with a master’s degree approved by the area training committee), assuming they remain academically in good standing. Most forms of financial support are in the form of an assistantship and include a stipend, waivers of university tuition during the academic year and summer terms, and health insurance. All students must pay college tuition and student fees (see current fee schedule at tuition.wvu.edu).
Students appointed to positions where no specific duties are listed (e.g. fellowships, scholarships and practicum placements) will be expected to devote full time to graduate study and will be assigned the teaching duties or clinical practice required of graduate students in their respective degree programs. Assistantships where duties (e.g. teaching, research or clinical service) are considered as half-time appointments and are regarded as educational experiences as well as employment will be expected to complete 20 hours of work per week.
Prior experience and scholastic achievement are considered in awarding fellowships and assistantships. The following graduate student assistantships and stipends are available to doctoral graduate students.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Research and Administrative Assistantships
Traineeships at Practicum Sites
Nominees for University fellowships are selected by the Department of Psychology based on overall strength of the applicant’s record. Departmental nominees are considered by college and university selection committees. Descriptions of the various University fellowships can be found here.
Note: Nominations for University fellowships are made by the Department of Psychology after review of students’ applications. Applications should not be initiated for these fellowships by individual applicants without first being endorsed by the Department of Psychology.
Psychology graduate students also are eligible to apply for research and travel grants from the Department of Psychology’s research and travel funds, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Assistance Fund and the Office of Graduate Education and Life for funds to facilitate data collection and travel to professional conferences.