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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), including 12-month stipends, tuition waivers, significantly reduced fees, and health insurance (95% of premium paid by the university). In practice, students who make satisfactory progress toward their degrees routinely receive additional years of support. Stipend levels are adjusted annually to be competitive with those offered by other major research universities (especially when considering cost of living expenses).

Outstanding students may qualify for specialized training as part of the Genetics Training Program, the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Training 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 usually not available for master’s students, it can be arranged on a term-by term basis when funds are available through research grants or teaching assistantships.

For a look at the current costs for the University of Oregon, check out the Graduate School web pages.


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