Examples of free doctoral programs are the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program in New York City, the Ph.D. programs at Brown University and Drexel University School of Education's Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies. The more-accepted term for free doctoral programs is fully funded. Fully funded programs involve a guarantee of support from the training institution or a sponsoring department or advisor for the duration of the degree or a specific period of time.
The Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program in New York City trains interdisciplinary medical research scientists. Graduates earn both a medical diploma and a doctorate. The program's three host institutions are Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University and the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School. The National Institutes of Health's Medical Scientist Training Program fully funds accepted students for the duration of the program.
Brown University guarantees financial support to doctoral students for the first five years of their chosen doctoral program. The program guarantees the first five years of support, but some students receive funding until they have completed the program. The Computer Science department generally funds students for the full course of doctoral study.
The Drexel University School of Education's Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies prepares students to be influential as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education leaders and advocates. The program, along with most other fully funded doctoral programs, is highly competitive and enrolls a limited class of very well-prepared students.