Admission and Financial Support

Financial Support

Doctoral students are accepted into the MCB Program with a commitment of financial support while their research and academic studies progress satisfactorily. This support includes stipend, tuition, and health insurance.  Second year students typically receive support during one semester of the academic year as teaching assistants.

Occasionally in the first year, and more commonly in the second or third years, students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who show exceptional academic promise may be appointed by the MCB Executive Committee as training grant fellows. The MCB Program currently draws student support from two NIH-funded training grants: a general MCB training grant and a training grant focused on the Molecular Biology of Aging.

Most students receive the same amount of yearly stipend regardless of its source. However, students who are awarded individual external fellowships (for example, from the National Science Foundation) may receive a different stipend as determined by the funding agency. In addition, students who are awarded individual external fellowships receive a stipend bonus of $150/month.

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will provide funds for students attending a conference as long as they are participating by either presenting a poster or giving a talk.  Any student who has passed the Preliminary Examination my request travel funds to attend scientific meetings from the MCB Graduate Program. Travel funds are also available from the MCB and Molecular Biology of Aging training grants for students who are supported from these sources.  Additional funds may be available for attending international conferences.  Click here for additional information.