Financial Support


Listed below are the types of financial support offered by the Mathematics Department and The Ohio State University. All types of support include the coerage of tuition costs in addition to stipends that exceed OSU's Estimated Graduate Costs. Costs of living in Columbus, Ohio are generally below the national average and the benefits of living in the 15th largest city in the United States are numerous. 

Graduate Teaching Associateships (GTA):

The majority of current and incoming mathematics graduate students are supported by GTA appointments. Stipends for entering MMS and PhD students are for the 9-month academic year (Autumn and Spring Semesters). PhD students who pass both of their qualification exams (Analysis and Algebra) receive an increase in pay accordingly. The workload of graduate teaching associates involves approximately 4 contact hours per week of teaching, plus preparation and grading for a total of 20 hours per week. GTA positions are renewable assuming adequate academic progress.

University Fellowships (UF / DUF / DDUF):

In addition to GTA positions, the university offers competitive University Fellowships to domestic and international applicants with excellent academic records and GRE general test scores. University Fellowships support incoming students for their first twelve months of study without any teaching obligations. For the most competitive applicants, two-year (first and dissertation year) or three-year (first, second, and dissertation year) Distinguished University Fellowships may be awarded. Fellowships are supplemented by the department so that they equal or exceed GTA salaries at the same level.

Graduate Enrichment Fellowships (GE / DGE):

Graduate Enrichment Fellowships are also competitive awards offered by the university with similar terms and stipend amounts for the first year. Certain exceptionally qualified students may also be eligible for the Dean's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship which includes the dissertation year as well. Eligibility is limited to domestic students (U.S. citizens only) from traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants who want to be considered for GE Fellowships will need to declare their race/ethnicity on the application and submit GRE General Exam scores.

University Presidential Fellowships (PF):

The university offers over 30 competitive Presidential Fellowships each year to the strongest doctoral students on campus. Besides the great prestige, this award carries full stipend and tuition support for a twelve month period during the dissertation year. On average, mathematics students have been awarded between one and two Presidential Fellowships per year. Presidential Fellowships also include limited funds for travel support.

Departmental Fellowship Support:

In addition to the fellowships that are awarded by the university during the admission process, the department offers several funding opportunities for continuing students. These include two types of semester-long fellowships which provide stipends and tuition without teaching obligations. About 15-19 Special Graduate Assignments (SGA) are available to doctoral students each year, as well as 2-3 Rhodus Graduate Fellowships (RGF) for students with computational aspects to their studies.

Depending on current external funding, additional support may be available through the Mathematical Research Institute (MRI) and other departmental initiatives.

Summer Support:

A variety of sources of support are available for the Summer Term. These include departmental Graduate Research Associateships (GRA), externally-funded GRAs, as well as several teaching positions. In recent years, the department has been able to provide funding for the vast majority (>90%) of students requesting summer support.

Headstart Training:

Each new math graduate student participates in the mandatory Headstart Training Program in the 4 weeks before the Autumn Semester begins. The department pays a one-time modified stipend during this initial training. 

Tuition Waivers & Health Insurance Subsidy:

All of the Graduate Associateship and Fellowship positions above include automatic fee waivers of instructional and tuition fees. Moreover, the university has an 85% subsidy for the cost of health insurance premiums. Fees which are not covered and may be deducted from your stipend include: 

  • COTA City Bus Fee
  • Student Activity Fee 
  • Student Union Facility Fee
  • Recreational Fee
  • Student Health Insurance (only the 15% remaining after department subsidy) 

In addition, students who held such positions during the academic year receive the tuition waiver in the following summer regardless of holding a GA position or fellowship. More information about these fees may be obtained from the OSU Registrar website.

Academic Pay Levels:

In terms of pay and academic progress, students are organized into four categories during their graduate career within the department. They are listed below with descriptions:

  • MMS Level: All MMS students.
  • PhD-M Level: All new PhD students (until both Qualifying Requirements are passed)
  • PhD-P Level: PhD students once they pass both Qualifying Requirements
  • PhD-C Level: PhD students who have achieved Candidacy Status according to 7.8.2 of the Graduate School Handbook.
  • O-Level: Reduced-level for students not conforming with program time or performance expectations.

Consult the latest Annual GTA Terms and Conditions for the actual pay scales associated with these levels.

Travel Support:

Thanks to The William A. Henson Endowed Mathematics Student Travel Fund* the OSU Mathematics Department is able to provide graduate student travel support for students to participate in relevant academic and professional events beyond the local area. Students interested in applying for this travel support must fill out the online Travel Grant Application and their Advisor will need to provide a Letter of Support to the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. This should be done at least 6 weeks prior to the event start date for the GSC to make a decision. You will then be notified of the results. Awards are typically meant to cover the transportation and lodging for the event and are limited to about $1000 over a student's entire academic career. Students on Presidential Fellowship should utilize the travel funds available through the Graduate School first.

For additional information please contact the Math Graduate Office (MA 102).

* established February 10, 2012, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University, with gifts from William A. Henson (B.S. 1978)

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