It is the philosophy of the faculty and the Graduate Studies Committee that all doctoral students actively studying in the MCDB Program should be provided with financial support either by the Program or by their research advisor. Most students are appointed as Graduate Associates, which carries a competitive stipend, through their time in program.
The regular MCDB stipend for academic year 2022-2023 is $2,617 per month ($31,404 annually). The stipend is subject to adjustment by the Graduate School and the MCDB Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) on a yearly basis. Associateship and Fellowship awards are accompanied by Fee Authorizations that cover academic tuition and fees except for city bus fee, a student activity fee, a recreation facility fee, student legal services fee, student health insurance, and a student union fee.
First year students are supported by the Program as Graduate Research Associates (GRAs) while they perform laboratory rotations. After selecting a laboratory, most students are supported by their advisors' research grants as GRA's, although they may also be supported as Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs).
Outstanding incoming students may be eligible for a variety of fellowships from the Graduate School. To be considered for these fellowships, the applicant must indicate interest by checking the appropriate box on the application form. Current students with outstanding records may be eligible for support from multiple intramural and extramural Fellowships and Training Programs.