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:
- 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
- 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 into a field and gain teaching experience, which are fundamental aspects of graduate training. One semester of teaching experience is 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.