Funding/Finance (Doctoral Program)

Most students accepted for the GSPIA doctoral program are awarded four years of funding, which should be enough to allow for completion of required course work and the doctoral dissertation. Normally students are funded with Graduate Student Assistantships (GSAs) and/or Teaching Assistantships providing a salary, tuition, fees and medical insurance. GSAs and TAs are required to work 20 hours per week as assigned by the Associate Dean.

The renewal of the initial award for successive academic years is contingent on academic performance. Assistantships will be renewed each academic year if you are in good academic standing and making normal progress in achieving your doctoral milestones. At the end of your first Spring term, your academic record should indicate that you have earned a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and completion of your doctoral core courses.

If you have any questions about our financial aid policy for doctoral students, please contact the Doctoral Program Administrator, Julie Korade, at

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260