For entering PhD students
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) are provided to all PhD students. These assistantships require no service other than degree-related academic activities. GRAs are valued at $46,760 per year and include:
- Stipend of $32,000 per annum
- Payment of the student’s tuition and required fees (valued at over $5,800 for a full-time student who registers for the 12-month academic year)
- Students receive health insurance at no cost to the student (valued at $8,960). In addition, students may opt to pay additional costs to extend coverage to a spouse and/or family members. Optional dental and vision coverage are made available to the students at competitive rates.
For continuing PhD students
After sixteen months of support, GSBS students are supported by their faculty advisor through traineeships, research assistantships, or through a number of special fellowships. All these awards carry the same benefits and at least the same level of stipend as described above for entering students.
In addition, however, a variety of additional awards and opportunities are available to current GSBS students:
- More than two dozen fellowships and scholarships, totaling over $900,000 annually, are offered. These competitive awards range from $500 to $5,000 and supplement the student's assistantship or traineeship stipend. GSBS also offers several competitive fellowships. A full list of scholarships and fellowships available through GSBS can be found here.
- For students who wish to gain teaching instruction and experience, GSBS makes available teaching assistantships.
- Internships are also available for interested students.
- GSBS provides approximately $40,000 each year to help students defray the costs of attending scientific meetings. These travel awards range from $350 to $500 and are granted to students who have been selected to make a presentation (talk or poster) at a regional, national or international meeting.
- Loans are also available to students in all years of study through the UT-Houston Student Financial Services Office.
For entering MS students
Students entering the individualized MS program are responsible for their own tuition and fees. Assistantships may be offered in select laboratories. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss assistantships with potential faculty advisors. Assistantships may partially or completely cover tuition, fees, as well as a yearly stipend.
MS students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Services.
Financial Policies and Information
- GSBS Stipend Policy
- Cost of Attendance (UTHealth Student Financial Services)
- Guide to Tax Benefits (from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administration)
- Lifetime Learning Credit (an IRS Website)
- Tax Information on Scholarship and Fellowship Grants (an IRS Website)