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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Aid for PhD Students

Congratulations on your offer of admission and 5-year fellowship to a Ph.D. program in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences!  We invite you to take a look at detailed information about your fellowship award by clicking on the fellowship category and to learn about the policies and privileges associated with GRS fellowships by clicking any of the links below.

Cost of Attendance * Medical Insurance * Employment Policy *
Academic Progress * Privileges

  • Dean’s Fellowships
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship
  • Whitney M. Young Jr. Fellowship
  • Trainee Fellowships
  • Various prestigious departmental fellowships.

Non-service fellowships provide a stipend and scholarship for exceptional students to focus primarily on their degree coursework in the first year with no departmental research or teaching responsibilities.  Students awarded non-service fellowships are required to enroll in a full load of academic courses as determined by the department.  The scholarship would be credited directly to your student account and cover tuition costs only for courses needed to fulfill degree requirements as well as all mandatory fees.

Stipend Amount $10,500/semester
Payment Period Fall: September-December
Spring: January-April
Summer: May-August (if applicable)
Payment Structure Stipend is paid on the 4th Friday of each month in the semester
Taxes The portion of financial aid that exceeds the expense of tuition, books, and fees maybe subject to income tax.
For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, this stipend is not subject to tax withholding by the University; however, it is your responsibility to report it accurately to the IRS and make payments on the taxable portion of your award.
For international students, your stipend will have a taxation rate of 14% unless you are claiming exempt under a tax treaty.
Medical Insurance The University will provide for your participation in the University’s basic student medical insurance plan

A teaching fellowship at Boston University is a kind of apprenticeship, providing an opportunity for graduate students to gain classroom experience under the close supervision of the faculty members who have the formal responsibility for the courses to which the teaching fellows are assigned. Your obligation in this fellowship would include instructional duties assigned by your department and participation in a specific course in the pedagogy of your discipline.  Instructional and other duties total approximately 20 hours per week.  Recipients may carry no more than four full courses per semester plus a 2-credit teaching course. Credits for this course, which is required for all teaching fellows, will not be counted toward degree requirements, but will appear on the transcript as evidence of instruction and evaluation in teaching. Specific questions regarding this course may be directed to individual departments.

The scholarship provided by this fellowship would be credited directly to your student account and cover tuition costs only for courses needed to fulfill degree requirements as well as all mandatory fees.

Stipend Amount $10,500/semester
Payment Period Fall: September-December (17 weeks)
Spring: January-April (17 weeks)
Summer: May-August (18 weeks)
Payment Structure Stipend/salary is paid weekly on Fridays
Taxes The portion of financial aid that exceeds the expense of tuition, books, and fees is subject to income tax.
This stipend is subject to tax withholding by the University who is required to report the stipend portion of the award as income to the federal government.
Medical Insurance The University will provide for your participation in the University’s basic student medical insurance plan

Doctoral Research Assistantships provide a stipend and scholarship for exceptionally qualified students in return for research work done for the department.  Your obligation in this assistantship would include research duties assigned by your department that total no more than 20 hours per week.  Recipients may carry no more than 18 credits per semester.

The scholarship would be credited directly to your student account and cover tuition costs only for courses needed to fulfill degree requirements as well as all mandatory fees.

Stipend Amount $10,500/semester
Payment Period Fall: September-December (17 weeks)
Spring: January-April (17 weeks)
Summer: May-August (18 weeks)
Payment Structure Stipend/salary is paid weekly on Fridays
Taxes The portion of financial aid that exceeds the expense of tuition, books, and fees is subject to income tax.
This stipend is subject to tax withholding by the University who is required to report the stipend portion of the award as income to the federal government.
Medical Insurance The University will provide for your participation in the University’s basic student medical insurance plan

Cost of Attendance

For a breakdown of the tuition and fees for an academic year at Boston University as a student in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as well as an estimated cost of attendance, please check the GRS Financial Aid page.

Medical Insurance

As part of your fellowship award, the University will cover your individual participation in the Boston University Basic Medical Insurance Plan.  Students who opt to purchase the Boston University Student Plus Plan will be responsible for payment of the additional premium amount.  Please refer to the GRS Medical Insurance page for information on the disbursement of the insurance credit to your student account.  Students also have the option to purchase Dental Care through the University, which is not included in the fellowship award.  The University will not cover any medical or dental insurance costs for dependents.  Family coverage is available at an additional cost to the student.

Under the laws of Massachusetts, the following students are required to participate in a qualifying medical insurance plan:

  • Students certified as full-time
  • Students who are registered for 75% or more of a full-time course load (nine or more credit hours for most schools)
  • International students (students who are not U.S. citizens  and who do not have approved refugee or permanent resident status)

Students who are required to have medical insurance are automatically enrolled in the Boston University Basic Medical Insurance Plan.  If a student wants to waive the insurance, a medical insurance waiver form must be completed and filed with Student Accounting Services.  For more information about insurance coverage and deadlines for enrollment/waivers, please consult the Student Accounting Services website.

Student Health Services

Employment Policy

During the period of the fellowship, you may not be employed outside the university nor be otherwise employed within Boston University.  If you have been or are awarded any fellowship or other financial support for your studies from outside Boston University, you must inform the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Office.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Fellowships will continue for the duration of the five-year commitment if the student is making satisfactory academic progress each year, confirmed by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Financial Aid Office.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 each year (grades of I and C+ or lower are interpreted as failures) in order to meet this requirement.

Privileges

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides special privileges to all eligible GRS Fellows/Assistants.  To receive the privileges listed below, the student must be officially registered and settled for the current semester, and must also have completed and submitted all supporting documentation for stipend payment (i.e. form I-9, visa updates, Patent Policy agreements, etc).  Please note that until this is done, privileges cannot be granted.

  • Barnes & Nobles at Boston University: Fellows/Assistants received a 10% discount privilege in accordance with those extended to faculty.  Students must go to the 5th floor of the Bookstore with their activated Terrier Card to receive a Bookstore discount card.
  • Boston University Libraries: 24-hour loan for periodicals and when you are actively writing your PhD dissertation, permission to apply for a study carrel.