All applicants who are admitted to the program receive guaranteed funding for at least 4 years.
RA/TA Match for Incoming Ph.D. Students
Financial support includes a tuition waiver and a stipend that comes from a variety of sources including Teaching Assistantship (TA) and Research Assistantship (RA) positions, as well as student grants funded by both the UW and the Information School. You must be a full-time enrolled student (10 credits) to receive financial support.
In general, matching of a student to an RA or TA position takes place anytime from July-August for incoming Ph.D. students. The process normally includes the following steps:
- Faculty with RA positions write a brief description of the project and position requirements.
- The Informatics program chair, with the assistance of Informatics faculty, prepare list of courses needing TA positions for the upcoming academic year with TA skill requirements.
- Incoming students rank their top preferences among research projects and TA positions.
- Faculty with RA positions/Informatics chair rank their preferences of incoming students. Faculty rank only students they would actually hire for their positions. If no incoming student has the skill set for a particular RA position, or all incoming students with the appropriate skill set have been assigned to other positions, that position may be posted following normal UW RA posting guidelines.
- The PhD program chair, with the assistance of human resources, matches students with RA/TA slots; highest priority matching being 1-1 (student first preference- faculty first preference).