Financial Support

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.

Outstanding incoming students are eligible for a variety of fellowships and supplemental support, such as University Fellowships.  To be eligible for University fellowships, the applicant must indicate interest by checking the appropriate box on the application form.  Applications received after December 1 for Domestic students and December 1 for International students are not eligible for Fellowships.

The regular MCDB stipend for academic year 2019-20 is $2,515 per month ($30,180 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).  Competitive students may be eligible for support from one of several NIH-sponsored institutional training grants.  In addition, senior students may be eligible for multiple intramural fellowships, including Presidential Fellowships (administered by the Graduate School), RNA Center Fellowships (administered by the OSU Center for RNA Biology), and Pelotonia Fellowships (administered by the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center).