ASU Sync classes for Fall 2020

Classes for on-campus students will be taught across three environments for the fall semester: in person, via Zoom, and 100% online.
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Financial assistance


PhD students admitted to the agribusiness doctoral program are typically awarded a graduate assistantship. All graduate assistantships are competitive. Graduate assistantships are awarded for four years with annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory progress in the PhD program. Graduate assistantships not only provide financial support, but are one of the main ways in which research and teaching skills are learned. Graduate assistants support faculty research efforts, engage in their own research efforts, and support the teaching enterprise of the Morrison School of Agribusiness.

All graduate assistantships are half-time appointments (50 percent-time) and are for nine months following the academic year calendar. The appointment comes with a compensatory stipend, a full waiver of nonresident tuition during the fall and spring academic terms, individual ASU student health insurance, and optional student health insurance.

Note: International applicants should make themselves aware of the specific ASU student health insurance coverage requirements for degree-seeking international students with F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status.

Scholarships and other funding sources

In addition to assistantships, a limited number of scholarships are available to graduate students through the Morrison School of Agribusiness. Graduate students must apply for scholarships each year and all scholarship awards are competitive. Learn more through ASU’s Graduate College.

International students with their own funding source (e.g., funding from a government agency, NGO, etc.) should note so in their personal statement and resume/CV.

Opportunity for 2020-21: Food waste mitigation assistantship

The Morrison School of Agribusiness has a PhD assistantship available for studying the mitigation of food waste in the supply chain incorporating big data analytics and other market mechanisms. This assistantship is funded through a USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) grant and the Marvin and June Morrison Chair in Agribusiness.

The assistantship is available to commence the 2020-2021 academic year and is available for four years pending successful progress in the agribusiness doctoral program.

Specific questions regarding the PhD program and this assistantship should be directed to Dr. Timothy Richards, PhD Coordinator and the Marvin and June Morrison Chair in Agribusiness.