TTIC is committed to supporting its students fully for five years of doctoral education contingent on satisfactory status. No financial aid forms are required when applying to TTIC’s PhD program. Most applicants will receive a full-tuition waiver scholarship for their curriculum (at $30,000/year). The annual living support stipend is paid monthly, with the amount disclosed in admission letters. This stipend requires no service in the first year. In the second year and beyond, students become Research Assistants to receive wages.
TTIC also covers the cost of student-only health insurance for the first five years of the program with an Institute sponsored health insurance plan, and a Student Services fee that allows for all the student privilege services on campus (including health and athletic center access, campus mass transit, library access, networking services, etc.)
In addition to scholarships and stipends, all students receive a start-up equipment budget of $3,000 to acquire a computer or other necessary gear through the Director of IT. Additional research funding (for publications and conference attendance) may be provided throughout the student’s academic residency as various milestones are met.
Newly admitted students have the opportunity to be awarded the Partha Niyogi Memorial Fellowship. The Partha Niyogi Memorial Fellowship is funded by the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago endowment and supports select students entering the PhD program, and provides support at a higher level than base stipends over the awardee’s first year in the program. The fellowship is intended to recognize outstanding applicants to the PhD. program, based on academic merit and promise.
Partha Niyogi (1967-2010) was the Louis Block Professor in Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Chicago and made fundamental contributions to a variety of fields including language evolution, statistical inference, and speech recognition unified by the central idea of learning. Professor Niyogi also served as a member of TTIC’s Local Academic Advisory Committee, contributing to the formation and development of the TTIC program and curriculum, and to strong connections between the Institute and the University of Chicago.