Minimum Stipends

Effective Fall 2022, the JDP guarantees a minimum stipend that matches the NIH Predoctoral Stipend each year (currently $26,352 for 2022). It is expected that students and their mentors discuss the level of stipend support each year and how it will be distributed.

Students are responsible for seeing to it that all necessary forms, etc. are in place in order for paychecks to be received.


At SDSU, students sometimes receive funding through the Psychology Department as Graduate Associates and Graduate Teaching Assistants.  Student may also receive SDSU Graduate Fellowships. These students receive a contract and letter from the Dean of the College of Sciences.  Contracts are to be signed and returned to the Psychology Department.  Students may be required to sign in at the Human Resources Office located on the fourth floor of the Gateway Annex building.

Most students funded at SDSU do so through faculty grants administered by the SDSU Foundation.  Those students need to check with their supervisors to be sure all necessary procedures are completed.  Additionally, they may need to sign in at the Foundation personnel office at the Gateway Center.

UC San Diego

At UC San Diego, students may need to be officially hired by the Department of Psychiatry for some Research Assistantships; in other cases students need to check with the supervisor at the VA or other institution to make certain that necessary payroll forms have been submitted.

Setting Up Direct Deposit at UC San Diego

Please arrange to have direct deposit of any checks received from UC San Diego. Even with an SDSU mentor and stipend paid through SDSU, it is recommended that all students sign up for direct deposit at UC San Diego for quicker receipt of travel awards.

There are three (3) offices on UC San Diego campus that provide direct deposit for graduate students:

  1. Student Business Services (stipend payments for domestic students):
  2. Payroll (TA and GSR employment checks):
  3. Disbursements (travel and other personal reimbursement):

To be on the safe side, international students may want to sign up for both Payroll and Disbursements even if not being paid by UC San Diego as some supplemental stipends must be sent through payroll as opposed to the Disbursement office.

NOTE:  If a student elects to take longer than six years (including internship) to complete the program they should know that the program cannot promise support or tuition beyond that time.  Note, if a student takes a leave of absence their time will be recalculated.

Updated 1/20/2022