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Funding and Support

If you are accepted into the program, you are provided with a stipend for living expenses, free tuition, and university-provided health insurance. 

Scholarships, Stipends & Health Insurance

All PhD students receive a full tuition scholarship and individual student health insurance at no charge. During the admissions process students are automatically considered for all available fellowships, including the standard Bentley Fellowship and the named fellowships listed below. All fellowship packages include a stipend to assist with living expenses. Stipend amounts range from $26,500-$36,000 per year. Funding is guaranteed for four years, with a fifth year contingent upon the student's progress in the program. PhD students serve as research assistants in years 1 and 2, and teach one course per semester during years 3 and 4. Students will not ordinarily be allowed to assume additional work during an academic year. Students must maintain good academic standing to remain eligible for scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. 

Rauch Doctoral Fellowships: Thanks to a generous endowment from the Rauch family, we are pleased to be able to award a Rauch Doctoral Fellowship to a student in the next entering class. Rauch Fellows are identified by the PhD Council during the application review and selection period. Newly enrolled students in both the PhD in Business and PhD in Accountancy programs are considered for this prestigious fellowship. The Rauch Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a top incoming student demonstrating great promise to make a significant impact in their respective academic field. The fellowship will continue through graduation, assuming the student remains in good academic standing. 

Harold S. Geneen Institute Fellowships:  With the assistance of the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust, Bentley University has built upon its record of innovation and excellence through the Harold S. Geneen Doctoral Fellowships. Geneen Fellows pursue directed, leading-edge research on important corporate governance issues through the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, a consortium of faculty and PhD students dedicated to researching social, comparative and reformative approaches to governance.

The Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance is offering PhD fellowships in 2017 in the following broad areas of corporate governance:

  1. Ethics and corporate boards
  2. Regulation and compliance
  3. Social and environmental reporting
  4. Corporate social responsibility
  5. Executive compensation
  6. Corporate governance and women in leadership positions

For those wanting to apply to the Geneen Fellowship in Corporate Governance, please note this intention on your application. For more information and qualifications go to Geneen Institute.

Conference and Research Support

The PhD program provides financial support for doctoral students to participate in both domestic and international conferences. The PhD program is also able to provide funding for research support. 

Center for Women and Business: The Center for Women and Business supports doctoral students engaged in several topic areas.  These areas include women’s careers and leadership development, corporate boards, entrepreneurship, gender issues, diversity issues and legal issues. PhD students involved with the Center have access to its resources, faculty, and programs. These types of research issues have become a fast growing area, especially in Management, and Bentley is a global leader in the study of women in business.

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for need-based aid. Please see the graduate student web page for more information.