The University of Pittsburgh provides funding to most admitted PhD students for four to five years and has established a variety of opportunities for students to obtain additional funding. 

As an example, for the 2018–2019 academic year, support for a teaching assistant appointed in Arts and Sciences—the home of the largest number of Pitt graduate students—was worth approximately $47,120 for an in-state student and $63,010 for an out-of-state student. Over five years, this appointment would be worth approximately $235,600 for an in-state student and $315,050 for out-of-state student (in FY19 dollars).

As another example, in 2018–2019 a supported doctoral student in the School of Engineering received overall support from the University including: $44,474 (engineering tuition) + $27,795 (stipend) + $4,575 (health insurance) = $76,844. This support is guaranteed for four years if the student remains in good standing.

Stipends at Pitt are generally determined by position (graduate student assistant, teaching assistant, teaching fellows, or graduate student researcher) instead of by discipline, and over the past five years, stipend rates have increased by 13.2 percent, which is faster than the rate of inflation (7.4 percent). The typical package of stipends, health insurance, and tuition remission offered to graduate students at Pitt is competitive with that offered by other public research universities.