Admissions and Financial Support

*To better support our current students through the global pandemic, admissions for the Biotechnology PhD program will be paused for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note that admissions to the Biotechnology ScM and AM degree program are not paused. More information about the Biotechnology ScM and AM degree program can be found here:  Biotechnology Master's Program.

Investing in Graduate Education

Students who are admitted to any of Brown's doctoral programs are guaranteed five years of support, including a stipend, tuition remission, health-services fee, and health-insurance subsidy (funding for transfer students may vary).

  • Students’ official letters of admission provide details of their funding packages.
  • All subsequent funding decisions are made at the program level and depend on students' academic progress.
  • Students with funding questions or concerns should contact the program director.

Financing and Support 

  • Tuition & Fees: The Brown University tuition rate for the 2018-2019 academic year ranges from $54,320 - $65,374 (based on a 4 course per semester schedule). Tuition will vary by degree program, discipline, and courses required for full-time status.
  • Insurance: All registered students are automatically enrolled in the University's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP); students' dependents may be enrolled in SHIP at an additional cost.
  • Financial Considerations: Providence is surprisingly affordable. Learn more about realistic costs and considerations.
  • Ph.D. Funding: The Graduate School offers incoming doctoral students five years of guaranteed financial support.
  • Master’s Funding: The majority of students enrolled in master’s programs and engaged in non-degree study are self-supported.
  • Student Employment: Graduate students who are not supported on full-time, tuition-based appointments may choose to find hourly employment during their time at Brown.
  • Student Payroll Procedures: All students entering the Graduate School with any form of financial support are required to complete an I-9 form.
  • Financial Aid: Facts, Tips and Tools: A listing of financial aid basics and resources specifically for graduate students from the Office of Financial Aid.