Graduate Funding

SBME understands the importance of financial support to your success as a graduate student. Learn about funding opportunities here.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

SBME 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. Contact us to check for deadlines to apply for priority consideration for funding opportunities.

Graduate School and other outside opportunities may require additional applications. Please contact us if you have questions.

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.

There are also several multidisciplinary centers on campus that have funding for students. Examples of these include: Equine Orthopaedic Research Center and the Engineering Research Center for the Extreme Ultraviolet Research Center.

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. or 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, technological 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.

GAUSSI Computational Biology Fellowships

The GAUSSI Program offers one year $32,000 NSF-suppoted fellowships to oustanding students from life science, computer science, engineering, math, and statistics graduate programs who are working on projects involving computational biologyl. The fellowship provides comprehensive training in analysis of large biological datasets and aims to prepare studens 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. For more information go to the GAUSSI website or contact Carol Wilusz or 970-491-4919.

AGEP Fellowships

NSF’s AGEP Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of students successfully completing quality PhD programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Particular emphasis is placed on supporting groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander, and those enrolled in American Indian, and Alaskan Native tribes. Students chosen to participate as AGEP Fellows receive funding for the first year of their graduate study. The long term goal of our AGEP program is to increase the number of AGEP Fellows who earn their PhD degrees and seek careers as university professors. Among other benefits, recipients receive a scholarship of $15,000 for 1 year and $1,000 for travel for 1 year and a10-20 hours/week paid assistantship during the fellowship & corresponding 50% to 100% paid in-state tuition.  For more information go to the AGEP website or contact Elaine Green at or 970-491-2898.