All full-time doctoral students in good standing in the BME Interdisciplinary Program receive financial support in the form of an annual stipend and out-of-state tuition waiver. First-year students are supported by Program funds. Beyond the first year, support is generally provided by the faculty advisor, using funds from research and training grants. Other sources include Graduate College Fellowships and teaching assistantships. Funding for Masters students is handled on a case-by-case basis.
Unfortunately at the current time we are very rarely able to offer financial support, nor employment as teaching or research assistants, to international students. We occasionally accept academically qualified international students who have their own guaranteed financial support from sources in their own country. The United States Justice Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service requires an international student to have financial support available to cover expenses during the entire proposed period of study at the University of Arizona.
The level of graduate-student stipends is set by the Graduate College. Stipends comprise two components: living allowance and fees allowance. Students with training grant appointments have their tuition and fees paid directly by the grants. Students on teaching (or research) assistantship have out-of-state tuition waived and are eligible to defer a portion of the remaining fees if not covered from other sources. Because some training grant stipends and teaching assistantships are lower than the levels approved by the Graduate College, these stipends may be supplemented by the Program . Health insurance costs for first-year students are ordinarily covered by the Program. As a rule, the faculty advisor provides supplemental compensation to cover the registration fees and health insurance of advanced students.
Students may also be supported by a variety of fellowships and awards, many of which are listed by the Graduate College on the following website: http://grad.arizona.edu/financial-resources. The University's Office of Student Financial Aid also provides financial aid information at the following website: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/Default.aspx.
The BME Graduate Interdisciplinary Program also encourages individual students to seek supplementary Predoctoral Fellowship funding. This provides the student with an opportunity to develop grant-writing skills and permits the student to supplement the stipend. The Resources Committee provides guidance in this endeavor by identifying potential funding agencies.
Here is a very partial sampling of graduate fellowship sources outside the BME program that may apply to BME students:
- American Heart Association
- ARCS Foundation (apply through department)
- BIO5 Institute
- BioME (Biodiversity from Molecules to Ecosystems)
- Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Biomedical Systems
- DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship ( DOE SCGF)
- Flinn Foundation
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP)
- Orthopaedic Research Laboratory Alumni Council
- Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellowships