Financial Support

Sources of financial support

The Biotechnology graduate program does not offer stipends or tuition support to its students. This is a pay-as-you-go program, lasting one academic year, starting second summer session.

There are, however, numerous other sources of graduate student support:

  • University and department fellowships
  • Individual grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and others
  • Many advanced graduate students are supported as research assistants through 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 no more (and often less) than 20 hours teaching-related duties per week. Associate instructorships provide an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in a field and gain teaching experience, both fundamental aspects of graduate training.

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