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Research and Teaching Assistantships

HDFS graduate students receive full support as long as they are in good standing in the program. This funding is generally in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships. Support includes tuition and a monthly stipend.

In addition, students have recently been funded through both internal and external training grants/fellowships.

Internal Support

HDFS students are frequently funded by the following training grants at Penn State:

Many students receive first year fellowships (University Graduate Fellowship, Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, or Bunton Waller Fellowship) from the Graduate School. In addition, other students receive Penn State fellowships later in graduate school, including:

  • Kligman Graduate Fellowship
  • Joseph and Jean Britton Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
  • Petersen Prevention Fellowship

External Support

Penn State HDFS students have been historically successful at receiving external funding. Recent examples of funding students have received includes:


Megan Maas is a certified sexuality educator and doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. She is currently a pre-doctoral fellow funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ali Hepworth is an interdisciplinary doctoral student at Penn State with areas of focus in Human Development, Nutrition, and Information Sciences and Technology.