Funding Your Pardee RAND Ph.D.

Pardee RAND 2018 Commencement Weekend

Pardee RAND Graduate School is committed to fully supporting its Ph.D. students for five years through a generous scholarship and a research fellowship that, together, cover tuition and provide a stipend for living expenses.


Ph.D. students receive a full-tuition scholarship in their first year and a partial-tuition scholarship in subsequent years. Scholarships are awarded during the admissions process; no separate application is required.

Some students may be eligible for special named scholarships that offer additional funding.

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Research Fellowships

Pardee RAND research fellowships provide funds to cover tuition and living expenses. Each student receives a research fellowship by working on RAND projects of their choice.

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Dissertation Awards

Once students begin their dissertation, they can apply for competitively awarded dissertation funding. These awards allow students to focus on their dissertation.

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Other Financial Aid

Students needing additional assistance may apply for financial aid loans through the U.S. government's Direct Loan program. This includes Unsubsidized Stafford loans and GradPlus loans.

The current annual limit for Unsubsidized Stafford loans is $20,500 and the limit on GradPlus loans is determined by the cost of attendance. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may apply for these loans on an annual basis.