We received an interesting question from Hardik Jogi through email, asking about financial aids and PhD.
Hardik asks: One of my friends currently at UC Berkeley taking PhD studies as an international student recently said that:
“International students admitted in PhD studies are fully funded by their respective departments (he is in computer science) of UC Berkeley; also, a stipend of $20,000 is given for living expenses/year.”
Is this true? If it is, then please provide me the list of requirements for admission in PhD studies at UCB. (I am in my 4th year of my bachelor studies in engineering.)
What your friend had said is 100% correct. But some students don’t get any stipend, just research assistant (RA) or teaching assistant (TA) position, which comes with in-State tuition fee privileges.
Both RA and TA will pay you from $500 to $1,500 per month. This amount is huge money for a student’s lifestyle.
How to Get into UC Berkeley?
You would need to have a profile that looks similar to your friend to get into UC Berkeley or something that looks like this:
- 1,300+ in GRE
- 90+ in TOEFL
- Research experience in Bachelor’s
- A few paper presentations in good conferences
- Recommendation letters from well renowned professors or industry experts
- Maybe degrees from IIT, NIT will make things much easier
- Very good technical skills
- Lots of interest to study, than just getting financial aid.
- PhD is 4 to 5 years of dedication to research.
If you are planning to apply for PhD because you will get financial aid, that’s a foolish thing anyone will do. If you have that urge to study and conduct research to get doctorate degree, then go for it.
Related: The PhD Experience: What’s Involved?