Information Resources

Assistantships
Assistantships are open to domestic and international students who hold a baccalaureate degree from any university or college of recognized standing and who are regularly enrolled in the college. (Nonresident tuition may be waived for persons holding full appointments and a pro rata portion of the nonresident tuition may be waived for persons holding partial appointments.)

Research fellowships
Research fellowships are awarded by various colleges. Research conducted on fellowships may or may not be used for dissertation purposes. Credit enrollment and stipends vary according to the particular fellowship. Fees and tuition are charged, but in some cases may be remitted, depending on the type of fellowship and the availability of funds.

Some helpful resources
You will find a variety of helpful services and forms relating to the above degrees at Services & Forms page, including the Theses and Dissertations Handbook, UMI® Dissertation Publishing, and the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). The latter two are mandatory for dissertation submission and are described in greater detail below.

UMI® Dissertation Publishing offers a complete program of digital and analog publishing as well as bibliographic and copy services. University Microfilms is part of ProQuest. ProQuest Digital Dissertations is the foundation of all UMI online and paper-based dissertation reference products.

The Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) is a federal agency survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for the National Science Foundation and five other federal agencies (National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The SED gathers information annually from 45,000 new U.S. research doctorate graduates about their educational histories, funding sources, and postdoctoral plans. Each year the SED data are added to a larger historical record of doctorate degree graduates called the Doctorate Records File (DRF). Begun in 1920, the DRF contains annual information used to track the number of graduates in various fields, the educational paths of scientists, engineers, and humanists, the movement of graduates into the labor market and similar information.