Scholarships and Stipends

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.
  • Some masters programs offer partial tuition scholarships, often on a merit basis.

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.

Enrollment Fee Scholarships

  • Enrollment fee scholarships may be partial or full.  
  • These scholarships are awards for enrollment fee credits only. They are not cash and cannot be awarded as stipend dollars.  
  • Most students will receive some level of enrollment fee scholarship. Please see the Tuition, Fees and Scholarship schedule (at right) for the current year to see what level of scholarship to expect for your specific program.

Stipends for Doctoral Students

  • The Laney Graduate School offers both a basic stipend and special fellowships that carry a higher stipend. Basic stipend levels by program are in the chart at right. 
  • Basic and special fellowships are awarded when students are admitted. Specific programs may offer further merit based fellowships; consult program websites for more information.
  • Doctoral students receiving stipends are eligible for health insurance subsidies of 100% of the cost of the Emory University Health Services student insurance plan.
  • Full-time graduate students assigned to sponsored programs are expected to devote 50% of their time (20 hours per week or .5 appointment) to the assigned project and 50% of their time (20 hours a week) to pursuing the completion of their degree.

Basic Stipend Payments by Program

  • The LGS Stipends chart (at right) shows the stipend amounts and monthly payments for programs across the Laney Graduate School.  

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 working day of each month.  The first stipend disbursement of the academic year is issued on September 30.
  • In order to receive funds, all students on stipend must enroll in direct deposit. You must set up direct deposit online via PeopleSoft. Visit the Payroll website for instructions on how to set up or update your direct deposit information.
  • If you do not enroll in direct deposit, your stipend will be available at the Payroll office, 1599 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA, 30322. 
  • Several days before funds are deposited into accounts, the University will send email notification that the stipend payment has been processed. The email contains a link to an electronic copy of the notice. Please note that funds will be deposited not on the day the email notification is sent but on the last day of the month. 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.

Merit Awards and Employment Restrictions

  • The terms of a merit award (a fellowship carrying a stipend) made by LGS 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 merit 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 in 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, and no more than one incomplete in any semester (see also our Residence, Standing, Due Progress and Probation page).
  • Students receiving Laney Graduate School funding 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 in advanced standing receive partial tuition scholarships and are responsible for $1,250 per semester in tuition.

External Awards

  • Normally, students who are funded by external fellowships do not receive LGS stipend support concurrently except when the program stipend level exceeds the funding level provided by the external fellowship.