GBS Student Handbook

Financial Support


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 2013-2014 academic year will be $26,000. The total annual award value, including stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance is $37,604. In addition, when students successfully meet requirements for admission to candidacy, their annual stipend will increase by $1,000 to $27,000 currently. Adjusted to the national average cost of living, the $26,000 stipend is equivalent to $29,400.

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.

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 successful in winning an individual fellowship award. See Fellowships and Awards for additional fellowship information and resources.

Additional University awards available to UAB graduate students in the biomedical sciences include: