Scholarships and Assistantships

Financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships (TAs, RAs) is available to outstanding doctoral students. Teaching and research assistantships are awarded to exceptional applicants depending on the availability of funds, the research needs of the Faculty and the teaching needs of the Department. Assistantships typically provide support for up to 4 years for students admitted with a BS degree and up to 3 years for students admitted with a MS degree. Assistantships are 12-month positions which provide financial support in the form of a monthly stipend, full graduate tuition waiver, and partial coverage of health insurance costs.

In 2015-2016 the stipend is $2,250 per month, or $27,000 per year and the funds provided for health insurance coverage amounts to 80% of the cost of basic student health insurance.  In order to receive the 80% credit students must purchase the insurance through the University and request payment through payroll deduction.  The estimated cost of basic student health insurance is $2,467 as of May 2015.

Outstanding graduate students may also qualify for financial aid through highly competitive fellowships awarded by the University, private foundations, or governmental agencies. In recent years, the majority of graduate students have received financial support (TA, RA, NIH or NSF fellowships, or external support from companies such as Cordis, Siemens, Beckman Coulter).

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