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Cost and Funding

The Department of Biology provides a minimum of five years of financial support to doctoral candidates (contingent on satisfactory academic and research progress). Support includes 12-month stipends, tuition waivers, significantly reduced fees, and excellent health insurance coverage (95% of premium paid by the university). Students who are making satisfactory progress toward their degrees receive additional years of support. 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 $26,500 ($6,625 per quarter).

Another benefit for PhD students entering the program in Fall 2020 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 (following university travel policies, of course).

Students may qualify for specialized training as part of the Genetics Training Program, the Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience Training Program, the Developmental and Cellular Neuroscience Program, the Developmental Biology Training Program, or the Molecular Biology and Biophysics Training Program. These programs provide tailored curricula and training activities for a cohort of students performing thesis research in each respective field.  Selected students in these programs receive a full year stipend and a waiver of tuition.

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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