Funding and Support

Student Scholarship

All students accepted onto the program will receive a scholarship that will cover their tuition fees for each academic year provided they remain in good academic standing. As part of the admission process, students are automatically considered for all available stipends. Students on a stipend can assume a research position on campus or engage in other forms of employment but must obtain permission from their academic adviser.

Student Stipends

If you are accepted into the program, the usual Bentley stipend is $26,000 per year, plus tuition expenses and university-provided health insurance. Students will remain eligible for stipends and health insurance for as long as they maintain good academic standing (that is, passing all classes and comprehensive exams). Students accepting these stipends will be expected to teach one course per semester in their third and fourth years. Students will not ordinarily be allowed to work (other than teaching) during the academic year in which they receive a stipend. Stipend funding is guaranteed for the first four years with the fifth year contingent on student progress in the program.

Other Sources

Rauch Fellowships: Thanks to a generous endowment, we are able to offer Rauch Fellowships of $30,000 for those students who are deemed to have the highest potential. These Fellowships may be made either on entry to the program or can replace a Bentley stipend later on, if a student is seen as deserving.  Rauch Fellowships are open to students in Accounting or Business.

Harold S. Geneen Institute Fellowships:  With the assistance of the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust, Bentley University is building upon its record of innovation and excellence by creating the Harold S. Geneen Doctoral Fellowships ($30,000 per applicant). Geneen Fellows will 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 two PhD fellowships in 2015 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 goverance 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 Support

The PhD program provides financial support for doctoral students to participate in both domestic and international conferences.

Other Financial Aid

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