Financial Support

Qualified applicants to the Biology Department's graduate programs may be eligible for highly competitive University fellowships, teaching assistantships, or minority student assistantships and fellowships.  All of these provide salary, tuition remission, and health insurance.   Research assistantships are available through grants and contracts held by individual faculty members.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are awarded by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Biology to meet instructional needs of the Department and enhance the educational progress of the student.  All applicants initially selected for GTA support by the Department will be notified by letter by June 1.

University Graduate Fellowships

Ph.D. applicants with exceptional credentials may be nominated by the Department of Biology for a University Fellowship. University Fellowships are awarded from a pool of candidates submitted by all Departments in the University that grant Ph.D. degrees.

Minority Student Assistantships/Scholarships

The Graduate School is committed to providing financial support for the recruitment and retention of qualified, under-represented ethnic minority students. An award candidate must be currently enrolled in, or have been admitted to, the degree program (M.S. or Ph.D.) and be nominated by the Department Chair and Dean.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Another source of financial support may be available from individual faculty members who have extramural or intramural funding that provides support for a graduate student as a Graduate Research Assistant. The faculty member holding a grant selects eligible graduate students to fill GRA positions.