Teaching and Research Assistantships
All students admitted to the Physics PhD program receive a funding package, which covers a minimum of 5 years. During their first two semesters in the program, graduate students receive a Teaching Assistantship, which involves 10 to 12 hours per week of teaching in our undergraduate laboratories. After their first year, students are encouraged to join a research group and will receive a Research Assistantship. In addition to covering full-time tuition, our TA stipend is $20,900 per year, and our RA stipend is $23,900 per year (Fall 2021 rate).
Florida State University requires that students either provide proof of health insurance, or purchase health insurance through the University's Health and Wellness Center. The Graduate School provides a subsidy that covers most of the health insurance cost. For example, the current cost (Fall 2021) of the University's plan is $2,786 annually for domestic students but the Graduate School will provide a $2,191 subsidy to help pay for health insurance if purchased through the University. For further information, visit FSU Student Health Insurance.
Latin America-Caribbean Scholarship (LAC): Pursuant to Florida Statute 1009.21, graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) from the federal government or the State government may be eligible to be designated as Latin American - Caribbean Scholarship recipients. For more details, see here.
Grace Moulton Graduate Fellowship: In order to support women in the sciences, the Physics department awards all of its admitted female students the Grace Moulton Graduate Fellowship, which adds $3,000 to the stipend for the first year in our program, in honor of Grace Moulton, the first woman to be appointed as a Physics faculty member at Florida State University.