All students admitted to the Ph.D. program (with the exception of some international students and some students with prior semesters of philosophy graduate coursework at Duquesne) receive a 5 year funding package consisting of an assistantship renewable for 4 years followed by a 5th year of adjunct teaching. Following the fifth year, financial support in return for additional adjunct teaching is usually available for those who request it.
Ph.D. assistantships include stipends and full tuition waivers. For the 2012-13 academic year, the stipend is $17,000. The tuition waivers cover all expenses associated with the 48 hours of required course work.
In return for assistantships, students take up Teaching Assistant positions for faculty for their first three semesters of the program and teach their own small, introductory-level classes during subsequent semesters.
On a competitive basis, stipend-equivalent dissertation completion fellowships are also offered through the McAnulty Graduate School.
Funding is also usually available for students to intensively study languages abroad during at least one summer in the program. On campus, language coursework through the Classics and Modern Languages departments is tuition-free for philosophy graduate students.