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Doctoral Scholarships and Assistantships


Both the PhD and PsyD programs have a limited number of scholarships that are distributed based on several broadly defined criteria including merit, diversity, and financial need. Interested applicants should complete the FAFSA to be considered for scholarships. There is no additional scholarship application for the PhD scholarship. PsyD students who are admitted to the program will be invited to apply for scholarship.

Scholarship amounts vary, but generally range between $20,000 and $50,000, awarded over three years.

Palo Alto University does not offer fully-funded PhD or PsyD programs.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

The program does have several teaching assistantships available to students after they complete the first year of the program. Teaching assistantships are granted on a course-by-course basis, and students may apply for more than one during their time in the program. Doctoral students are allowed to teach undergraduate courses, or support full-time faculty as teaching assistants in doctoral courses. The University also offers a training course which helps Teaching Assistants become more effective teachers. 

Unlike traditional PhD programs, we do not offer formal research assistantships. Several faculty in the program have research grants, though, and do hire student assistants as part of their ongoing research programs. Students interested in pursuing this kind of funding are encouraged to contact the faculty that they may want to work with to determine availability.