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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Biology

Graduate Studies

Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Graduate Program

Financial Support

All students admitted to the graduate program receive some form of stipend to cover living expenses during the academic year and during the summer (Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, Training Grant support, Fellowship), as well as fee remission support that covers all tuition expenses and virtually all fees. In addition, the university provides student health insurance.

  • All applicants for admission are automatically considered for financial support.
  • Support is guaranteed for 5 years.
  • Because Bloomington is extremely affordable, students can live very comfortably on their stipend.
There are numerous sources of graduate student support:
  • NIH Training Grant in Genetics, Cellular & Molecular Sciences
  • NIH Training Grant in Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity
  • University and Department Fellowships
  • Individual grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  • Many advanced graduate students are supported as Research Assistants by a grant to the research lab in which they are working.  Most laboratories are funded by 1-3 grants from NIH, NSF, and/or USDA.
  • Associate Instructorships (teaching assistantships) are available for eligible students in all Biology graduate programs, and require a maximum of 20 hours teaching-related duties per week. Associate Instructorships provide an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience, which is a fundamental part of our graduate training. Two semesters of teaching experience are required for completion of the Ph.D. degree.

The Department of Biology seeks a diverse student body and we encourage members of minority groups to apply. In addition to fellowship opportunities available in the Department of Biology, Indiana University provides a number of fellowships for minority applicants.

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