Financial Support

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)

Most students will have a GTA during their study. The precise financial details will be spelled out in our offer letter, but generally they will include a tuition waiver and a nine-month salary to carry you through the first academic year.  To earn this salary, you will be required to teach recitation courses and to grade papers and exams.  We strive to keep the load fair and manageable since you will have your own coursework to complete and a research group to locate.  The salary is competitive, especially considering that the cost-of-living in Manhattan, Kansas, is about 25% below the U.S. national average.

More details can be found under Teaching Assistantships: Benefits and Duties.

Friends of Mathematics Graduate Student Scholarships

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce the Friends of Mathematics Graduate Student Scholarships. These scholarships will provide the top Fall 2012 domestic applicants to our PhD program with at least $1000 for the academic year 2012-2013. Awardees will be notified with their offer letter.

Donoghue Scholarships

There are a limited number of University-sponsored Donoghue Scholarships available to incoming graduates of U.S. colleges or universities.  These Scholarships provide a substantial financial supplement to either a GTA or a GRA and can be held up to two years.  You do not apply directly for these Scholarships, rather the Selection Committee will select the best candidates from among the application pool.  Awardees will be notified with their offer letter.  Note that only U.S. citizens are eligible.

Awards and Grants

See awards, grants, and scholarships.

Health Insurance

Graduate students with either a GTA or a GRA are eligible for reduced rate health insurance through the University. Details can be found at