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Cost and Funding

Through a combination of Department of Biology and associated research institute resources, funding is generally provided for doctoral students, contingent on annual progress. Support includes 12-month stipends, tuition waivers, significantly reduced fees, and excellent health insurance coverage (95% of premium paid by the university). Stipend levels are adjusted annually to be competitive with those offered by other major research universities (taking cost-of-living into account).

The stipend for 2020-21 is $27,247 ($6,812 per quarter).

Another benefit for in-coming Fall 2020 PhD students is a $3,000 account for conference travel.  The monies are not a competitive award.  Rather, every student will have their own account set up when they enroll in the Biology PhD program and the funds can be accessed at any time between matriculation and graduation (in accordance with university travel policies).  This funding is contingent upon annual renewal of a First Year Fellowship Graduate School allocation.  Updates on the availability of First Year Fellowships for 2021/22 will be provided at this location.

Students may qualify for specialized training as part of three programs supported by NIH Training Grants:

Developmental Biology Training Program
Genetics Training Program
Molecular Biology and Biophysics Training Program

Although support is not guaranteed for master’s students, it can be arranged on a term-by-term basis when funds are available through research grants or teaching assistantships.

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