The PhD program offers a variety of financial support opportunities to graduate students. Most types of financial assistance at the graduate level are merit-based rather than need-based. Because of the ongoing academic and research activities, Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) positions may be available.
GRA positions are offered based on externally funded faculty research. The decision to offer a GRA position is made by the Principal Investigator (PI) directing a research project, for any duration that the PI sees as appropriate, whether renewable or not.
In addition, a number of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions are funded by the undergraduate and graduate departments in the College of Architecture and Planning. These are determined based on the needs of those departments and the qualifications of the candidates. GTA positions are offered at the discretion of the Department Chair via coordination with the PhD Program Director on a per-semester basis.
The Graduate School at CU Denver
The Graduate School provides up to $500/year to help defray the expenses incurred by a PhD student who attends a national meeting and presents his/her work. The $500 can be used to help defray the costs of registration, travel, lodging, food, etc. Funds are distributed once travel is complete and receipts have been submitted for reimbursement.