Department of Psychology

Financial Assistance

Assistantships and Tuition Fellowships

First-year doctoral students in the Clinical program are typically supported through Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA’s). After the first year, clinical students receive a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) through a clinical placement, although they may also pursue GTA positions if deemed appropriate. The program also offers bona fide research assistant (RA) positions, depending on available funds.

The norm for a GTA and GRA in the clinical program is a .33-.50 assistantship appointment (13-20 hours per week). Historically, clinical psychology doctoral students making strong progress have received 5 years of support. All clinical psychology doctoral students are automatically considered for assistantships and the associated tuition fellowships, which  cover up to 110% of required credit hours for the PhD. Students are required only to pay a GRA/GTA enrollment fee for semesters in which they have an assistantship/tuition fellowship; however, students are responsible for incidental costs of attendance (e.g., parking passes, textbooks).

For additional information about these assistantships and fellowships, including the current stipend rate and enrollment fees, click here.

Health Insurance

Clinical psychology students who are on assistantship of at least .25 (i.e., 10 hours per week) are also enrolled automatically in the Auburn University Graduate Group Health Plan (GSGHP). For more detailed information about the plan and its cost and coverage click here.

Auburn University Clinical Research Enhancement Award (CREA)

The intent of CREA is to provide financial support for research activities to clinical psychology students at Auburn University. The funding request may be related to the student’s thesis or dissertation, additional research projects, travel to present at a conference or travel to attend a training workshop that will facilitate the student’s research interests. Funds are intended to enhance awards available through the Graduate School or the Department of Psychology in the form of Travel Awards or Research Awards and external funding mechanisms. The typical award is between $300-$500; however, if a student attends two or more conferences and makes a first-authored presentation, he/she may be eligible for up to $750 in travel funding.

The Director of Clinical Training will solicit applications for CREA funding on an annual basis (typically in the Fall semester).

Last Updated: February 01, 2017