Research Excellence Doctoral Funding Program

The Research Excellence Doctoral Funding (REDF) Program is focused on supporting approximately 30 doctoral fellowships per year, funded through the Invest Syracuse initiative and administered by the Graduate School. The fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to new and continuing doctoral students and include a stipend and tuition credits. Typical awards provide up to two years of funding, with college-level funding for two additional years through teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA) positions.


Applications are prepared by a Graduate Program director or a designee in collaboration with the department chair. Completed applications are submitted by the department chair as an indication of the Chair’s endorsement and support for the proposal through the online application portal.

For departments selected to receive an allotment of fellowships, funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to individual doctoral students within that program. Each academic department housing one or more PhD programs can request up to three lines of academic year support provided either as a graduate fellowship or a research assistantship. Funding lines will be awarded to individual doctoral programs and provided on a yearly basis for a period of three years, after which all doctoral programs will be invited to re-compete for additional REDF allotments.

Departments with Fellowships

As of 2020-21, departments with Research Excellence Doctoral Funding fellowships, including full or partial funding, are:

  • Audiology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
  • Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
  • Cultural Foundations of Education
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Special Education
  • Sociology