SBME understands the importance of financial support to your success as a graduate student and provides a number of funding opportunities for Ph.D. and M.S. students. Most of our Ph.D. students and many of our M.S. students have full funding (including tuition and a monthly stipend) from the School or a specific core faculty member and their lab.
HOW IS IT AWARDED?
Financial support is competitive and awarded based on your completed application. When you submit an application to the M.S. or Ph.D. programs, you are automatically considered for most funding awarded by SBME.
WHAT TYPES OF AID ARE AVAILABLE?
Grants and Research Centers
SBME faculty are continually applying for and receiving training and transdisciplinary grants that provide funding for students. SBME-affiliated research laboratories are listed by college and encompass a wide variety of disciplines.
Graduate Research Assistantships for First Year Lab Rotations
This is a unique opportunity for top Ph.D. applicants/students to rotate through three different faculty labs over the course of the first academic year. You will be exposed to a variety of research, labs, faculty advisors, and meet many fellow students. This opportunity is designed to assist you in choosing an advisor and research topic for your dissertation. Tuition and a monthly stipend are provided.
Graduate Research Assistantships
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) are available to M.S. and Ph.D. carrying out thesis related research. As a GRA, you will be conducting research under the guidance of your faculty advisor. You will agree on a project with your advisor that should lead to your thesis or dissertation. Availability of GRAs is dependent on faculty research areas and funding/grant status. Tuition and a monthly stipend are provided.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available to M.S. and Ph.D. students each year. As a GTA, you will assist a core faculty member with biomedical engineering courses at either undergraduate or graduate levels. GTAs may be expected to assist with course development, delivery, grading, technology support, lab instruction, and other course-related duties. Academic background and familiarity with course content will play a role in selection for GTA positions. Appointments are by application in a competitive process through SBME. Tuition and a monthly stipend are provided.
NOTE: The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering pays differential tuition for all graduate students on a research assistantship (GRA), teaching assistantship (GTA), or other assistantship (GSA).
GAUSSI Computational Biology Fellowships
The GAUSSI Program offers one year $32,000 NSF-supported fellowships to outstanding students from life science, computer science, engineering, math, and statistics graduate programs who are working on projects involving computational biology. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in analysis of large biological datasets and aims to prepare students for a variety of professions. Students will generally become eligible for the GAUSSI fellowship at the end of year one, but exceptional students may be considered upon admittance.
WHAT ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?