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Financial Support


All students admitted to the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama are fully funded for five years (20 academic quarters, including five summers), with a full tuition scholarship and a competitive living stipend.

This financial support comes from a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Summer fellowships are geared to intensive preparation for qualifying exams, travel to archives or research sites, and writing.

For more on graduate student funding in IPTD, please see The Graduate School’s financial information.

Grants and Fellowships

Conference travel funding is available from a variety of Northwestern sources, including The Graduate School, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Mellon Clusters in the Humanities, and IPTD.

Grants that support the research and professional development of students are available through the School of Communication Humanities PhD Travel and Research Grants.

Although IPTD has no foreign language requirement, many students take language classes at Northwestern during the academic year alongside their PhD coursework. Additionally, summer language acquisition grants are available through several channels, such as the Graduate School’s Summer Language Grant.

All students are encouraged to apply for fellowships to further support their research needs and to facilitate writing of the dissertation. Our students have a strong record of success at winning internal awards, such as Northwestern’s Franke Fellowship, Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) Fellowship, and Presidential Fellowship, as well as outside fellowships, such as the Fulbright, Ford Foundation, and American Association of University Women fellowships. For more information about external funding, consult Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships. Students who win external fellowships may be eligible for additional financial support from The Graduate School.