All admitted students are offered a competitive financial support package that includes full tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for five years. Continuing support by the program is conditional on satisfactory progress toward completing the degree. The Field typically supports students in one of the following three ways. Most students will be supported by some combination of these throughout their time here.
Some students receive research fellowships, funded by Cornell University or external sources, that permit the student to engage in research activities entirely of their choosing, with the support of their Special Committee.
Many students are assigned to work with specific faculty members as research assistants on an externally sponsored project. The specific responsibilities of these positions varies, but these often provide an excellent opportunity to work closely with faculty on cutting-edge research, and gather data that can be used in published research.
Many students are assigned to work with faculty on teaching courses in the Department of Communication. Specific responsibilities vary, but often include leading class discussion, assisting with grading and curriculum development, and providing assistance to students. These positions are a great opportunity for building one's teaching portfolio and for getting experience working with students.