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GBS Financial Support

All GBS students (domestic and international) are provided with a yearly stipend (paid monthly), single-coverage health insurance, and tuition coverage. Once admitted to candidacy, students will get a stipend increase of about $1,000. Additionally, GBS offers students a 2% cost of living adjustment annually. Each year in the program, the stipend amount will increase by 2% each year. 

Stipend Support:

  • 2023-2024 academic year- Annual stipend of $33,660 with an increase to $34,680 following admission to candidacy
  • 2024-2025 academic year - Annual stipend of $34,333
  • 2025-2026 academic year- Annual stipend of $35,019

Traditionally accepted first-year students are funded by Graduate School fellowships and occasionally by other university and external fellowships. In subsequent years, these students are supported through their mentor's research grants, institutional funds, or training grants.  All student support is guaranteed by their faculty mentor's primary appointment department, pending satisfactory progress.


Incoming Funding Opportunities


  • Bridge to the Doctorate
    The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate fellowship provides financial support for eligible students for two years of graduate study in STEM disciplines. The program also offers mentoring support, conference and research travel opportunities, and academic/social enrichment through a diverse and interactive community.

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  • PROmoTE
    PROmoTE is an R25 training program for pre-matriculating GBS PhD students and pre-matriculating MD students to do a team summer project (8 weeks) with a mentor team composed of PhD and MD scientists with mentoring backgrounds. The projects are all to be kidney focused to encourage more nephrologists and renal physiologists to be trained.

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  • AMC21 Dean's Research Scholar Program
    Organized by the Inflammation Infection and Immunity (I3) Research Pillar and funded by the Heersink School of Medicine Academic Enrichment Fund

    What is the AMC21 Dean's Research Scholar Program?
    The AMC21 Dean's Research Scholar Program is a highly competitive and selective group of GBS students that have exhibited high-achieving scientific experience and potential. Our goal is recruit the top graduate students to the GBS program and to provide each student with unique opportunities to advance their research careers.

    See more details on the AMC21 strategic plan on the Heersink School of Medicine website.

    What does this program mean for you?
    • Up to 8 awards are to be given per year to recruit the top graduate student candidates to GBS
    • All students will be coming to an institution that is actively investing in graduate education, recruiting/retaining top scientists and research initiatives.
    What is included in the Scholar Award?
    • Stipend support over 2 years, beginning after the GBS fellowship (Equivalent to 3 1/2 total years of stipend support)
    • Discretionary funds for computers, scientific meetings, etc.
    • Mentoring team to pre-review fellowship applications, provide career advice, and provide letters of support
    See more details on the Academic Enrichment Fund, which is being used to support the graduate student AMC21 Scholar Program.

    Additional Opportunities for AMC21 Scholars:
    • Attending and meeting researchers at the annual induction reception with the Dean of UAB Heersink School of Medicine
    • Organizing, participating, and presenting research in the annual symposium, AMC21 Symposia
    • Attending annual dinner with symposium keynote lecturers for an AMC21 Annual Symposia (sponsored by I3)
    If you have any additional questions regarding AMC21, please contact Dr. Andre Ballesteros at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..