Sufficient financial support is vital for a PhD student to thrive academically and personally, yet all too many graduate students financially struggle due to low stipends and subpar benefits. The intention of this series is to remove, to the greatest degree possible, finances as a source of stress or reason for non-completion of a PhD through education, skill development, and, most importantly, holding PhD programs to a higher financial bar.
This webinar series gives prospective graduate students the tools to:
- Understand their funding offers
- Select a supportive PhD program, and
- Navigate the financial transition into graduate school.
The exact content of your Set Yourself Up for Financial Success in Graduate School seminar depends on the time of year when you host it. The content is modular and customizable; below are my suggestions:
Application Season (summer through October)
- How grad school funding offers are structured (in your field)
- Applying for fellowships
- The stipend vs. cost of living for each program you’re applying to
Admissions Season (January-March)
- How to read an offer letter
- How to negotiate your stipend and/or benefits
- Draft a budget
Pre-Matriculation (March – June)
- Right-size your housing and transportation expenses
- Budget and save for moving/start-up costs
- Paycheck and tax investigation
Location: These seminars can be presented in person or remotely.
Length: One hour, including time for Q&A.
Cost: $2,000 for up to 50 audience members, $2,500 for 51-100, etc.
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