Chart of the Month: 2017-18 Incoming Graduate Students: Funding Status

In the recent 2017-18 Incoming Graduate Students Report, we find that the overwhelming majority of incoming political science PhD students are offered full funding at the start of their programs, with 17 in 20 students receiving full funding. Just 8% of incoming students were offered no funding. Further analysis reveals that levels of funding vary by several factors, including NRC ranking quintile, gender, as well as race/ethnicity.

NRC Quintile: Funding varied considerably between National Research Council ranking quintiles, with institutions in the upper two quintiles offering full funding to their students almost always. Institutions in the first quintile offered full funding 100% of the time. Institutions in the second quintile offered full funding 98% of the time. Institutions not in the NRC rankings were the least lively to offer full funding, with just 55% of attending students in receipt. Almost a quarter of students attending a fifth quintile institutions received no funding.

Gender: Women are slightly more likely to be offered full funding than men, as 88% of all women were offered full funding, compared to 84% of men. Men were also twice as likely to be offered no funding when starting a political science PhD program (11%), compared to women (5%). Differences between funding received by men and women are observed when including additional factors, such as race and ethnicity.

Race/Ethnicity: Students of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities captured by our survey were offered full funding at higher rates than the overall population (90% compared to 86%). However, African-American/ Black political science PhD students were offered funding lower than average, just 80% percent of the time. This is in part due to the clustering of nearly one fifth of African-American students at two institutions that do not offer funding for their political science PhD programs. When these two programs are removed from the data, the proportion of African-American/Black students increases to 95%.

For further discussion on the above topics, read the new 2017-18 Incoming Graduate Students Report.