The SMHS provides Institute fellowships for incoming PhD students. These currently carry a stipend of $33,000 and 24 credit hours of tuition for the first year. Similar support during the second year is dependent on satisfactory academic progress. Once students select a research mentor and PhD program, students are supported by extramural fellowships, scholarships, or research grants awarded to the laboratory in which they are doing their dissertation research project. We strongly encourage trainees to apply for external funding. Having a fellowship will make you much more competitive when you apply for positions after GW. Please see information on predoctoral fellowship opportunities and diversity supplements, and look for programming on how to write an application!