Financial Support

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support.  Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support, (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses.  

The graduate stipend is competitive with awards offered at comparable institutions, is established at a level affording a reasonable local standard of living, and is adjusted anually to keep pace with increases in the cost of living.  Initial funding may come from one of several different sources, including interdepartmental training grants in Cancer Biology, Digestive Diseases, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or divisional graduate student support.  After that time, continued support for graduate students is provided by individual faculty mentor's research grants.  Some speciality fellowships are available and new and continuing graduate students are encouraged to seek individual merit awards (NSF awards, NIH Individual NRSAs, Department of Defense awards, etc.) whenever possible. 


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