Funding for graduate study

HDFS Doctoral Degree Program

Funding for graduate study: Inclusive and supportive

Most graduate students receive assistantships that include tuition remission and a monthly stipend, and many win additional fellowships and awards.


Assistantship opportunities

  • Teaching Assistants work with faculty mentors to lecture and lead class activities, grade assignments, and manage record keeping. Some Teaching Assistants work directly with children and undergraduate students in the Child Development Laboratory. Other teaching assistants, with supervision, have full responsibility for an undergraduate course.
  • Research Assistants collaborate with faculty to conduct innovative research.
  • Program Administration Assistants work as aides for specific undergraduate academic programs, such as internships and the OSU Program on Gerontology.


Human Development and Family Studies graduate students are highly successful in obtaining College and University-level and other fellowships. This coming year, for example, more than $39,000 was awarded to HDFS graduate students from fellowships and scholarships. Find out more about funding opportunities at Fellowships and Awards