The Bienen School of Music offers a highly competitive financial aid package to PhD students in conjunction with The Graduate School of Northwestern University. All students who enroll in one of the PhD degree programs in music will receive a full tuition waiver for five years, a monthly living stipend and a subsidy for Northwestern student health insurance. The living stipend is paid as a fellowship during the first year of study for twelve months. After the first year, it is paid as a graduate assistantship for the academic year. PhD students on a graduate assistantship have the opportunity to teach coursework in their field, assist with faculty research, or pursue clinical and field studies.
Teaching is an essential element of the education and training experience of PhD students at Northwestern. The Graduate School requires that all PhD students serve in some instructional capacity for at least one academic quarter during their graduate education at Northwestern. This teaching requirement is unique to American higher education, and is an integral aspect of professional development. Students are expected to do comparable teaching work to other students within their program. The Graduate School strives to ensure teaching demands are as similar as possible across academic programs.
The Graduate School offers opportunities for students to supplement expenses related to scholarly research and creative endeavors in the form of research grants. In addition, students whose work is chosen for presentation at a conference or seminar can apply for travel grants to assist in related expenses. More information on these funding opportunities can be found using the links below.
For comprehensive information regarding these financial aid programs funded through The Graduate School, visit The Graduate School's financial aid web site. You may also call the Office of Music Admission and Financial Aid at 847-491-3141 to speak with an admission counselor.