The Philosophy Department offers two types of graduate assistantship. There are 18 regular assistantships. These are normally awarded for four years, of which only the last three involve teaching. The assistantships offer a competitive salary for nine months as well as medical benefits and tuition remission. The Department also has five endowed graduate assistantships. These assistantships offer a competitive salary for 11 months (unless otherwise noted) as well as medical benefits and tuition remission. The endowed assistantships are as follows:
- The Danforth assistantship, attached to the Danforth I Chair of Humanities;
- The Earhart-Blaine assistantship in Ethics;
- The Leonard and Elisabeth Eslick assistantship, attached to the Leonard and Elisabeth Eslick Chair of Philosophy (nine-month assistantship);
- The Robert J. Henle assistantship, attached to the Robert J. Henle Chair of Philosophy;
In addition to these, advanced graduate students may also be recommended for one of two special 11-month research assistantships. These offer a competitive salary for 11 months as well as medical benefits and tuition remission. The two assistants are expected to work with a faculty on a special project, usually related to their dissertation.
Graduate students may serve as an assistant for a total of five years. There are also several fellowships available through Graduate Education, and student loans and other financial aid is available through Student Financial Services. Graduate students with advanced standing in the Ph.D. program, or advanced degrees in Philosophy (such as an M.A.) may also teach undergraduate courses as an adjunct instructor.