All full-time students can expect tuition and 9-month stipends for the first four years of the program. Students who are receiving this financial support are required to engage in a Graduate Assistantship at a 50% appointment in research or teaching. Graduate Assistantships enhance students’ scholarly portfolio and support the mission of the College. University of Iowa College of Nursing faculty and staff work diligently to locate funding options for each of our PhD students throughout their PhD program. The list below provides some examples of the funding mechanisms that are available to our PhD students.

University of Iowa Graduate College
Various sources of funding are available through the Graduate College. Please see the following URL for a list of the funding sources:

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
Funding for students who plan to teach upon graduation is available through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). Loan amounts are determined by the College of Nursing each semester based upon the funds awarded from HRSA. Students may have up to 85% of their NFLP loans forgiven.

Graduate Research Assistantships (RAs)
Graduate Research Assistantships are available through the College of Nursing. Graduate research assistants receive funding for their tuition, half of their fees, and a monthly stipend.

National Research Service Award (NRSAs, F31) for PhD Students
National Research Service Awards (nurse fellowships) are available on a competitive basis to individual registered nurses with active licenses for predoctoral research training in specified areas of nursing and in the biomedical and behavioral fields important to nursing. Students enrolled in the PhD program are expected to submit a proposal during the first two years of PhD study. Predoctoral stipends are included as part of the F31.

T32 Predoctoral Fellowships
NIH-funded Pain and Associated Symptoms pre-doctoral training program (2010-2021 T32 NR011147) 

For more information about the estimated cost of the program visit: