Scholarships and Stipends

Current students should view their OPUS accounts for scholarship information. For tips on navigating your OPUS account, visit our Current Students guide page

This page contains information about the types of support offered by the Laney Graduate School, as well as basic information about financial procedures and policies.

Laney Student Support 

  • Students enrolled full time in Laney Graduate School doctoral programs are eligible for full or partial tuition scholarships.  
    • In addition, full-time doctoral students may receive stipends from university or external sources, which are paid through the university's payroll system.
    • Special admissions fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Programs nominate students for admissions fellowships, and nominees are reviewed by faculty committees; applicants do not apply directly for them directly. Awards are announced to students at the time they are accepted for admission.
  • The support available for master's students is generally more limited, and varies considerably by program. Some masters programs offer partial tuition scholarships, often on a merit basis. It is best to contact the program to discuss student support.

Tuition Scholarships

  • Tuition scholarships may be partial or full tuition. These scholarships are awards for tuition credits only. They are not cash and cannot be awarded as stipend dollars.
  • Tuition scholarships are disbursed to student accounts in OPUS.

Student Fee Scholarships

  • Some special fellowships, such as Woodruff Fellowship and Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship, also provide student fee scholarships.
  • These scholarships are awards for mandatory student fees only (enrollment fee, computing fee, mental health fee, activity fee and athletics fee) for up to the first five years of enrollment. They are not cash and cannot be awarded as stipend dollars.  
  • Student fee scholarships are disbursed to student accounts in OPUS.

Stipends for Doctoral Students

  • The Laney Graduate School offers both a basic stipend and special admissions fellowships that carry a higher stipend for doctoral students. Basic stipend levels by program and special admissions fellowship supplements are listed in the chart at right. 
  • Basic and special admissions fellowships are awarded when students are admitted. Admissions fellowship supplements are awarded for up to the first five years of enrollment. Specific programs may offer additional merit-based fellowships; consult the program for more information.
  • Stipends are disbursed monthly, on the last business day of each month, via Direct Deposit. Refer to the Payroll website for the payroll processing schedule and monthly pay dates.

Health Insurance Subsidies for Doctoral Students

  • Most doctoral students are eligible for a health insurance subsidy for at least the first five years of enrollment. The subsidy covers 100% of the cost of the Emory University Student Health Insurance Plan (EUSHIP).
  • Specific programs may offer additional years of health insurance subsidies based on additional funding support; consult the program for more information.
  • EUSHIP subsidies are disbursed to student accounts in OPUS.

Financial Policies and Procedures

LGS Handbook

Our Handbook is the authoritative statement of LGS policies and requirements.

LGS Handbook

This information is a summary. For details about policies and procedures, consult the Laney Graduate School Handbook or staff in your program or in the graduate school.

Disbursement of Stipend

  • Stipends are disbursed in monthly installments on the last business day of each month. The first stipend disbursement of the academic year is issued on the last business day of September.
  • In order to receive funds, all students receiving a stipend must enroll in Direct Deposit. You may set up Direct Deposit online via PeopleSoft HR/Payroll. Visit the Payroll website for instructions on how to set up or update your Direct Deposit information.
  • Several days before funds are deposited into accounts, the University will send an email notification that your Pay Advice is ready to view in PeopleSoft HR/Payroll. Visit the Payroll website for more information about the monthly schedule. 

Student Support and Tax Liability

  • The stipend portion of a fellowship is generally considered taxable income. Follow the instructions for reporting fellowships as indicated in IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education.
  • More information about the tax treatment of scholarships and fellowships is available here. Information about the IRS Form 1098-T is available here.
  • This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Individuals should contact a tax advisor about personal income tax situations.

Stipend Awards and Employment Restrictions

  • The terms of a stipend award may prevent a graduate student from gaining employment.
  • A student who receives a stipend should consult with his/her Director of Graduate Studies and obtain the permission of the Dean of the Laney Graduate School before accepting employment concurrently with the receipt of a stipend award.

Termination or Suspension of Support

  • When a student holding a graduate school fellowship graduates, withdraws, is terminated, or otherwise becomes ineligible, the remainder of the student’s award reverts to the Laney Graduate School.
  • Support for a student on an approved leave of absence will be suspended.
  • A student’s support may be suspended for poor academic performance. 

Conditions and Eligibility for Merit Awards

  • To maintain eligibility for merit awards, students must meet the standards for satisfactory academic work -- a GPA of 2.7 or better, no Fs, no Us, and no more than one incomplete in any semester (see also our Residence, Standing, Due Progress and Probation page).
  • Doctoral students receiving a Laney Graduate School stipend of any kind must be registered for at least 9 hours in each semester during which the funding is disbursed.
  • Students in their 9th year and beyond receive partial tuition scholarships and are responsible for $1,250 per semester in tuition.

External Fellowships

  • Should a student be the recipient of an external fellowship or award, LGS requires that these extramural resources be activated and used in lieu of university funding.
  • When the external stipend fully replaces 75% or more of the annual program stipend, the student will receive a $2,000 annual stipend supplement from LGS or partner school. (Refer to the Special Funding Requests page for instructions.)
  • In certain programs, LGS will consider requests for one additional year of institutional stipend and health insurance support if the student previously received external funding that replaced a year or more of university funding. (Refer to the Special Funding Requests page for instructions.)