Funding your life as a graduate student

Life as a graduate student is full of challenges, especially those of the financial nature.

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Of course, none of us enter graduate school thinking that we are going to get rich (LOL).  The standard advice is to start looking for financial support as soon as you decide to go to graduate school.  Other advice:

  1. If you are employed, check with your employer and find out if they offer financial support for continuing education or tuition reimbursement.
  2. Take your required standardized tests early.  Some schools will use these to decide if they offer add.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  4. Look for scholarships and fellowships that are available online and through your institutions of choice.

Indiana University is a great research institution.  Consequently, I was able to earn fellowship support through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).  IU also hosts an acclaimed African Languages program.  Through it, I was able to secure fellowship support through the Foreign Language Area Studies program (FLAS). Both fellowships have their own requirements for study and/or research progress (in addition to my own doctoral program requirements).  The end result?  A much more well-rounded epidemiology doctoral candidate!