Minimum fellowship stipends for doctoral students during 2013-2014 academic year will range from $28,000 to $32,500 for twelve months, depending on the student’s discipline.
Fellowship stipends are distributed on the 15th and the last day of the month (or the business day preceding these dates if they fall on a weekend or holiday) during the calendar period for which they are awarded. In most cases, the award is disbursed for a twelve-month period beginning September 1 and ending August 31. To determine the amount of each semi-monthly check, students should divide the amount of their stipends by the number of months for which it is awarded (usually twelve months) and then divide again by two (as stipends are distributed twice each month). A $28,000 stipend, for example, will be distributed in 24 equal installments of $1,166.66 each, beginning on September 15 and ending on August 31.
The first check of the term will be issued on September 13 for all doctoral students. This check will be directed to the department or degree program location and may be obtained from the departmental registrar. Paper checks will continue to be directed to the department or degree program location until direct deposit is established.
The Financial Aid Office encourages students to arrange for the direct deposit of their stipend checks to a bank account. Once students have opened a bank account, they may set up direct deposit using the Yale University Portal. To facilitate this process, the University has extended graduate students access to the staff section of the portal. The student will open the portal and log in using his or her net ID and password. The student will then be able to set up direct deposit by selecting My Pay and Info and the Direct Deposit tab. Students with direct deposit can access their semi-monthly stipend statements online at this portal. Information about W4 and W2 forms is also available at the My Pay and Info site for all students.
Students who encounter difficulty with the direct deposit process or the on-line view of their stipend statements should contact the Employee Service Center at 203-432-5552 or via e-mail. Neither the Financial Aid Office nor Student Financial Services is able to provide technical support for this system.
The Graduate School encourages students to arrive in New Haven with sufficient cash available to cover the initial costs of apartment deposits (usually one month's rent), utility connections, food, transportation, and other basic maintenance costs until the first stipend checks are distributed in mid-September. In the event of urgent need, students should contact the Financial Aid Office in HGS 129 no earlier than the first day of new student orientation.