Financial Support

PhD students are supported as “graduate student researchers” (GSR) by the graduate program itself during the first two quarters (laboratory rotations) and following that through intra or extramural grants by the identified major professor. They receive competitive stipends that follow NIH guidelines. A number of prestigious NIH-training fellowships are available on a competitive basis for qualified PhD students. Those are usually available following advancement to PhD candidacy (i.e. after passing the qualifying examination).

A large number of “teaching assistantships” (TA-ships) that offer training opportunities in teaching while providing financial support are available through affiliated departments.

The University also offers financial assistance in the form of graduate and nonresident tuition fellowships. The deadline for online applications is December 15. For more information see the student financial support page on the Office of Graduate Studies Website. Incoming and continuing students are strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships.

*We strongly advise international applicants to seek fellowship support from their home countries. Only exceptional international students without financial support can be accepted into the program. Please contact the Graduate Group ( prior to seeking admissions.