PhD Financial Aid / GA

Graduate Assistantship

The Urban and Regional Planning and Design PhD program anticipates approximately two to five graduate assistantships (GAs) available to incoming students each year, including those available from the National Center for Smart Growth.  

Some of our students serve as teaching assistants (TAs) for courses at the undergraduate and master levels in our school, while others assist a faculty member’s research project (RAs). In a rare case, students serve as graduate administrative assistants when they are qualified for available positions. The assistantships are either part-time (10 hours per week) or full-time (20 hours per week); in exchange, the student receives a stipend, tuition remission, and participation in the Maryland State Employees Health Insurance Program. A part-time GA receives 5 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked, while a full-time GA receives 10 hours of tuition remission for each semester worked. Both part-time and full-time TAs and GAs are charged the in-state Maryland tuition rate for any credits above 5 (or 10) that they take in a given semester. We have a limited number of these positions each semester.

Please note that GA positions are available through other University of Maryland departments, programs, or offices. Several of our students have received part- or full-time GA positions with other campus programs in recent years. Notices and descriptions of these positions are available at under “Graduate Assistants”.


The University of Maryland awards two fellowships for doctoral students: the Flagship Fellowship and the President's Fellowship. If students would like to apply for the Flagship Fellowship or the President's Fellowship, a complete application must be submitted by December 8, 2023. 


The PhD Program provides stipends, which vary on a yearly basis.

For more information contact:

Delaney West
Program Coordinator, PhD Program




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