Emory University commits $40 million in increased financial support for doctoral students

Emory University students walk to and from class.

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Emory University students walk to and from class.

Emory University announced Tuesday afternoon a plan that it hopes will help doctoral students in its Laney Graduate School.

The base stipend for all students in that school will increase from $24,000 to $31,000 starting in fall 2019 for that academic year, officials said. The stipends help those students with teaching and research they do as they pursue their degrees. Many doctoral students work as teaching assistants.

Some stipends for Emory doctoral students were already competitive with peer-level institutions, others were not, the school’s dean, Lisa Tedesco, said in a statement sent to students, staff and faculty.

Laney offers doctoral and master’s degrees in more than 40 programs in biomedical and natural science, public health, nursing and business. Last fall, it had about 1,800 students.

Emory last month began an effort to pursue what it called “greater academic eminence” to compete with universities such as Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Duke, Columbia and Northwestern. The university has committed $40 million over five years toward the Laney school effort.

“Emory’s ability to compete among our peer and aspirant peer universities for the most talented PhD students will improve our ability to recruit and retain distinguished faculty. Talented doctoral students and distinguished faculty are both integral to fueling our academic ambitions,” Emory President Claire Sterk and Provost Dwight McBride said in the statement.

Several schools nationwide have increased student aid as tuition increases across many campuses. New York University recently became the first school to offer full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students enrolled in its Doctor of Medicine degree program.