Main Question or Discussion Point
How much money do you have to spend doing a Phd (physics)?
Robert, assuming you're talking about tuition, typically a physics PhD costs absolutely nothing, at least in terms of money. Virtually every PhD program in America (and I would guess Europe as well) actually pays you to get your PhD. When you gain admission to a PhD program, most schools will give you a full tuition scholarship with the graduate college. They'll also appoint you as a TA for your first two years, during which you'll get paid something on the order of $15,000 for nine months of teaching. You'll also get paid for your summer research. After your first two years, you'll be appointed as a research assistant. I've seen universities where the graduate college doesn't give you a tuition scholarship, but those schools pay their TAs a higher salary so as to fully offset it. I guess that tuition scholarship vs. additional TA pay is just a question of paperwork. I don't know a single physics PhD student who has ever had to pay his own tuition.How much money do you have to spend doing a Phd (physics)?