All students accepted into GBS programs receive a competitive annual stipend and fully paid tuition and fees. Single coverage health insurance is also provided at no cost to the student through VIVA Health UAB.

The annual stipend for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $29,000. First year compensation for students who enroll in the 2015 entering class will be $30,500, including a $1,500 relocation allowance. The total annual award value, including stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance is $40,604. When students successfully meet requirements for admission to candidacy, their annual stipend will increase by $1,000 to $27,500 currently. Adjusted to the national average cost of living, the $29,000 stipend is equivalent to $32,800.

First‐year students are funded through their theme programs by Graduate School Fellowships and occasionally by other national and University fellowships. In subsequent years students are supported through their advisor's research grants, institutional funds or training grants. All student support is guaranteed by their faculty mentor's primary appointment department, pending satisfactory progress.