Student Stipends. All students accepted into the program receive a competitive annual stipend and fully paid program 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, inclluding 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 annually. 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.
The Graduate School Fellowship Incentive Program provides $250 awards to students who apply for individual fellowships and a $1,000 addition to the stipend of students who are succesful in winning an individual fellowship award.
Additional University awards available to UAB graduate students in the biomedical sciences include:
UAB Graduate Family Assistance Scholarship - Scholarship funds will be provided to graduate students who have family-related financial commitments that would, if not resolved, prevent them from enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program. Applicants must first be accepted into a research-based PhD program in order to apply.
UAB Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Program (CMFSDP) Graduate Fellowships.
UAB Equity and Diversity Enhancement Program (EDEP) Graduate Fellowships.
Training Grants. Several training grants from the National Institutes of Health provide financial support for predoctoral students in specified areas of research. Highly qualified students are encouraged to apply for individual predoctoral grants available from several extramural agencies. Your advisor and other faculty members will help you apply for positions on training grants and in the preparation of predoctoral grant applications.