grae313 wrote:Your topic has been moved to the appropriate subforum. If you have a question on funding, you should post it in the funding forum, not webblogs. As for your question, all students admitted to physics PhD programs are admitted with full funding. They pay your tuition and health insurance, and give you a stipend to live off. You will not be asked to show a bank account--they don't care, they pay for everything. Masters programs are a different matter, and often do not come with funding, but you will never be asked for a bank statement.
grae313 wrote:satyad18: If your intent is to get a PhD degree, then you should apply directly to a PhD program. Applying to a masters program is meant for students who only want a masters degree, or in the case that you are unprepared for a PhD program after your Bachelors, in which case you would complete a masters program first to gain better preparation. Many of the top PhD programs do not even offer a separate masters degree program, they just award masters degrees to their PhD students after completion of their A exam on the way to their PhD. If you are admitted to a program here, you should be able to acquire a VISA whether it is a masters or PhD program as long as you meet whatever other VISA requirements are there.
Skribb: All *PhD* students receive funding, I need to make sure that point is clear. Masters programs are different. In the US, you are not admitted to a program unless the University is confident they can fund you. You are given either a TA appointment: "teaching assistant" or an RA appointment: "research assistant". In exchange for the hours you work, you are paid a salary and your tuition and health insurance are covered. Usually you begin by being a TA and as soon as you arrive you try to organize an RA with a professor and this is where you do the research that leads to your PhD. The University will make every effort to see that you are funded for the coming period as you progress through the program--if you can't secure an RA they will find you a TA.
TA appointments usually require about 20 hours per week during the school year and pay a 9 months stipend of usually between $15,000 and $23,000, then you can get another TA appointment or RA for the summer or take the summer off if you choose.
There might be some exceptions to this but probably not in the top 50 or top 100 universities.
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