PhD students are eligible for university research and teaching assistantships, scholarships funded by the federal government, loans, professional traineeship grants, as well as competitive scholarship or grant funding from Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and other professional societies and clinical agencies.
PhD students receiving financial support may serve as research or teaching assistants. Research assistants can work with faculty from both departments in the college and are assigned by the program director based on faculty-student areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to discuss their specific interests in teaching or research assistantships during their interview with the program director.
There are number of programs that are available for graduate students, offered through UMass Boston’s Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), that provide an opportunity for PhD students to enrich their academic experience and to attend conferences related to their field of study.
PhD students may choose to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Following graduation from the nursing program, up to 85 percent of student loan principal and interest will be canceled in exchange for the loan recipient’s service as a full-time nursing faculty member at a school of nursing with a certain percentage cancelled each year for up to four years.