Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition is paid automatically by Laney Graduate School for all students admitted to the Anthropology PhD program, as long as the student remains in good academic standing (see notes below regarding exceptions to eligibility). 
  • Athletic facility, computer, mental health, and activity fees are not paid by the Graduate School nor by the program, and are the responsibility of the student. While conducting fieldwork outside of the Atlanta are, the department may request for students a waiver of Athletic, Activity, and Mental Health fees. The computer fees cannot be waived.
  • Tuition and fees are assessed for each semester of enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Please note that the amount for the various academic fees not covered by the tuition scholarship may vary from year to year. See annual merit award and fee schedules on the LGS website.
Notes regarding Tuition Scholarship Eligibility
  • Students must be admitted to candidacy by the end of their 4th year in the program (for students entering before 2017) or by September 15 of their 4th year in the program (for students entering 2017 and after) to remain eligible for Graduate School tuition scholarships and stipends.
  • Field and Post-field: Tuition scholarship continues while students are conducting fieldwork, conducting their primary doctoral data collection, and, in the event that they have elected not to begin their post-field funding during this initial period of their return, for up to one semester following their return to the U.S.
  • For students who have not yet left for the field and have completed their three years of stipend funding, registration will be paid during the fourth year providing the student has submitted funding proposals during Year 3, are in residence in Atlanta, and are using Year 4 to either resubmit unfunded proposals or pursue other teaching or research plans.
  • Students who exceed the time to degree completion limit (8 years) and have received a departmental extension are responsible to pay for their own tuition and other required fees.
  • Students who are in formal “leave of absence” status are taking a recognized “time out” from their graduate studies and do not register. Tuition scholarship is suspended during the leave of absence.


  • Anthropology graduate students in good academic standing are receive a 12-month living stipend for three years of regular course work and 24 months of post-field stipend (for dissertation write-up) following the successful completion of doctoral research data collection (i.e., fieldwork). The total funding is 5 years.
  • Anthropology students receive their stipend on a 12-month basis. Stipends generally begin on September 1 (first paycheck at the end of the month) and end on August 31. Students should keep in mind that they must be registered for 9 credit hours each semester for which they receive a stipend (Fall, Spring, and Summer). 
  • Stipend payments are received on the last business day of each month via direct deposit.
  • Students who have not been admitted to candidacy by the end of their 4th year in the program (for students entering before 2017) or by September 15 of their 4th year in the program (for students entering in 2017 and after) are not eligible for Graduate School stipends and tuition scholarships.
  • Graduate students who receive multi-year extra-university fellowships for on-campus graduate coursework and training are eligible for additional funding and should meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator to coordinate funding terms with Laney Graduate School. For example, starting in 2015, NSF Graduate Research Fellows were eligible for 6 years of total funding from all sources (3-fellowship + 3-LGS). In 2017, the Laney Graduate School modified their policy so that NSF Graduate Research Fellows are eligible for 5 years of total funding from all sources (3-fellowship + 2 LGS). See the offer letter from the extra-university funding source and from Laney Graduate School for details.
  • During periods of program-funded write-up, all students receive funding at the regular department stipend level. Please note that, except where noted, extra-mural multi-year funding replaces existing departmental funding, and does not extend, “bank” or postpone departmental funding. This does not apply to grant support received during field work when students are not on stipend.

Health Insurance

  • The Graduate School requires all students to certify that they have health insurance coverage in order to register. Students must either enroll in Emory’s approved insurance plan or successfully waive coverage by completing the on-line waiver on OPUS
  • The Laney Graduate School provides a health insurance subsidy that covers 100% of the cost of Emory’s student health insurance for five years.
  • As long as a student is enrolled, s/he is eligible for the Emory student health insurance plan. While off stipend (typically during fieldwork) the premiums will be charged to the student's account during fall and spring semesters unless a waiver is completed. The Graduate School health insurance subsidy is applied automatically if the student is enrolled in the Emory/Aetna plan and has not exhausted the five years of health insurance subsidy.
  • It is the student's responsibility to check his or her email for notifications about the enrollment and waiver period for the Emory/Aetna insurance, especially during fieldwork years.
  • If a student chooses to waive the Emory/Aetna health insurance, he or she is required to provide proof that they have suitable insurance to replace it. The student should consider this issue prior to fieldwork year(s) out of the country, and communicate with the Graduate Program Coordinator about his/her decision.
  • The Emory Health Insurance provides Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Benefits, and Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance Services for international travel. Visit for more information. Students planning on purchasing additional travel insurance for pilot study or fieldwork should consult the Emory Health Insurance brochure to see if additional coverage is warranted.

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Personal Records - HR and OPUS

  • The Graduate Program Coordinator will initiate the "hiring" process for stipend payments for incoming students in late August. A link will be provided for an online orientation, where tax documents, direct deposit forms, and other pertinent information will be collected.
  • Students receiving a stipend may view and update their personal information, benefits, tax withholding forms, and paychecks online in the PeopleSoft system.
  • Students can access and update their personal information, review grades, course schedule, unofficial transcripts and financial account information by logging on to OPUS. Be sure to check your financial account information at the beginning of each semester to pay your bill and ensure the accuracy of charges and scholarships.
When updating their personal information, students should check both OPUS and the PeopleSoft (if they are on payroll). The data between these two systems are not necessarily synchronized. Please make sure that your mailing address is always up to date. The Graduate School sends out important information to the mailing address on file on OPUS. The University also mails tax documents using the PeopleSoft mailing address of record.

Fieldwork Support

Outside funding is a major dimension of individual and collective success in the graduate program. Students are typically dependent on extra-university funding for their doctoral fieldwork, and the department is highly committed to helping them obtain this support.

Occasionally, students are unable to obtain outside funding for fieldwork. They are encouraged to apply for PDS Competitive Research funding.

While in the field, students must remain registered; athletic, activity, and mental health fees can be waived upon request by the department from the graduate school. Computer fees cannot be waived.

Use of Post-Field Funding Prior to Write-Up
  • Normally, students begin doctoral research funded by extra-mural sources in their fourth chronological year of the anthropology graduate program. For cultural anthropology students, the beginning of doctoral dissertation data collection is typically considered to correspond with their departure for long-term doctoral fieldwork (as opposed to pilot studies or brief visits). For biological anthropology students, or for those with bio-cultural projects, this period is marked by the systematic collection of those data sets (at whatever location or laboratory is appropriate), which are designed to provide the core substance for the student's doctoral dissertation.
  • Given the delays that may result from submission of grants, obtaining research visas, and other unanticipated factors, the department strongly encourages but does not require this schedule. A student who chooses to delay fieldwork or who chooses to begin fieldwork without external funding in place may request receipt of stipend during this time with the understanding that it will be subtracted from the 24 months of post-field funding for write-up. 
  • Early use of post-field funding does not restrict such students from completing their degree requirements, including write-up, while supported by other funding sources (provided they meet Emory Graduate School time limitations for completion of the thesis).
  • Petitions requesting short-term extensions of stipend may be submitted when a student has made personal and financial arrangements for fieldwork and a research visa is anticipated shortly but has not yet been received. However, students who anticipate working in countries where research visas are difficult to obtain or are easily delayed should submit visa applications in the middle of their third year if at all possible. This allows two years to obtain the visa before the above timing restriction goes into effect. A student requesting an extension must provide documentation showing why this period of time was insufficient to obtain a visa, and must demonstrate that a short extension of a clearly stated duration is sufficient for obtaining the visa. Open-ended extensions cannot be granted.

Post-Field Stipend Funding

Pending satisfactory progress, the Anthropology Program provides graduate students with 24 months of post-field dissertation write-up stipend at the regular department stipend level. Funds are awarded in two monitored stages, during the semesters immediately following fieldwork. 

How to Request Post-Field Funding

  • Post-field funding request form and supporting documents should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at least one (1) month prior to the desired start date, typically September 1 or January 1, depending on the student’s return from the field. See below for typical cycle and required documents.
  • Please note that each stage requires input from the student's advisor and dissertation committee.
  • The Graduate Coordinator will procure approval from the Director of Graduate Studies and process stipend payments accordingly.
  • Applying for Stage 2 funding typically coincides with the first annual review (May) after the student has returned from the field. Progress may vary according to when the student returns from the field. If the student has returned less than five months prior to year-end review, they may wait to submit Stage 2 materials until 11 months after Stage 1 began.
Typical funding cycles:

Stage 1 request submitted by August 1 for September start-up
Stage 2 request submitted by May 1 for continuation the next September
Funding ends August 31 or upon graduation.

Stage 1 request submitted by December 1 for January start-up
Stage 2 request submitted by May 1 for continuation the next January
Funding ends December 31 or upon graduation.

Start dates are flexible depending on the student's return from the field, but requests must be submitted at least one month prior to stipend start date.

Documentation required for the three stages of post-field funding are as follows:

Stage 1

Materials listed below must be attached and submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Coordinator at least one (1) month before beginning Stage 1:

  • A brief outline or prospectus of dissertation
  • The form that requests Stage 1 funding

Stage 2

Materials listed below must be attached and submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Coordinator at least one (1) month before beginning Stage 2:

  • One chapter of dissertation/body of data analysis
  • A plan of completion with target dates for defense and graduation, worked out in consultation with the committee chair and approved by members of the dissertation committee

Important Considerations

  • No stipend extension applications or requests are permitted except for those stated above. The Director of Graduate Studies does not assume responsibility for hiatus between periods of write-up funding. Students who wish to apply for continuous post-field funding must plan their schedules and funding submission requests in accordance to deadlines. For the second stage the student must plan for review of materials by their advisor and dissertation committee before the necessary materials need to be submitted for approval.
  • The student must be in residence at Emory after having successfully completed doctoral field research or extra data collection. Under certain circumstances the student may petition the Director of Graduate Studies for an exception to the residency requirement. Any semester exemption from residency for post-field award is accompanied by a requirement that the student must be in residence at Emory for at least 10 days of the “exempted” semester when classes are in session. During this period, the student in temporary residency will: (a) present the findings and plans for her/his research to the department at large, and (b) meet with her/his advisor and all committee members. When students successfully petition to waive the residency requirement, they are not exempt from TATTO teaching requirements. As a reminder, the Teaching Associateship requirement ("Co-teach"), typically completed in the post-field period, may only be fulfilled at Emory during the Fall or Spring semester.
  • When a student is not yet ready to make a next-stage write-up request, or when the request is turned down, she/he is fully eligible to reapply to the Director of Graduate Studies for funding in a subsequent review cycle. 
  • Students who used post-field funding to extend pre-field work or during field work are not eligible for additional funding for write-up beyond the 5 year total. There are sources for completion funds from Emory-sponsored and extra-mural fellowships, usually on a competitive basis.