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Graduate Program: Financial Support: Trainee Policies

This page contains key information taken from the Department of Biostatistics Guidelines for Trainees. Please refer to the complete Guidelines for further details.

Biostatistics is the home or a participating department for multiple training grants from different NIH Institutes. All training grants are intended to provide research training in the biomedical sciences. They share common features with respect to recruitment, training goals, training requirements, and reporting. They can be distinguished by specific training objectives that reflect the priorities of the funding Institute. A brief summary of each training program affiliated with or housed in the Biostatistics department is briefly summarized on this page.

Appointments to the department training grants are made on a department-specific basis by the training grant Directors, in consultation with the Graduate Program and Admissions Committee. Trainees appointed to a training grant should be willing make a good-faith commitment to the Training Program goals. Commitment to these grant missions is intended to begin at the initial appointment and last until the student receives their Ph.D. or completes their postdoctoral training, even if the source of funding transitions from the grant.

Note: In some cases trainees may work as a TA/RA (no more than 24% FTE) in addition to the 10 hour per week RA appointment that accompanies their Training Grant appointment. However this extra appoitnment is permitted for only one quarter per academic year. Such appointments must be approved in advance by the Graduate Program Coordinator, Training Grant Director and RA Supervisor.

By NIH regulations, a trainee must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she may not hold another federal training grant at the same time. The trainee may be employed up to 10 hours per week in a public-health related position; however, the employment may not be for the trainee’s thesis or dissertation research. With permission students may work additional hours on a limited basis.

Appointment Period:
The minimum duration of an appointment is one year. Appointment renewals are made annually, and depend upon satisfactory progress, availability of training grant funds, training grant and/or departmental needs, and individual circumstances. NIH limits the total duration of support on any training grant to three years for a postdoctoral trainee and five years for a predoctoral trainee. Please contact your program director about four months in advance of your end date each year to discuss appointment renewal.

Training Grant stipend amounts are determined by the federal agency that funds the training grant. Traditionally the stipend is slightly higher than the monthly RA/TA salary. However, Training Grants cover only approximately 60% of a student's tuition; the Department usually offers TG students an additional 25% RA appointment to provide funding for to pay the remaining 40% of the tuition out of pocket.


Tuition: In addition to a stipend, trainees earning a degree at UW will receive partial tuition support or waiver. The remaining tuition not covered by the Training Program is typically made up through a 10 hour per week RA appointment. Establishment of Washington state residency is important for tuition purposes.

Charges not covered by department training grants: The NIH does not cover the surcharge for more than 18 credits/quarter, the UPASS fee, Immunization Fee, MPH Practicum Fee, tuition exemption registration fee, optional or late fees, additional class fees, or union dues.

Predoctoral Trainee Heath Insurance: The trainee will be insured by the Graduate Appointee Insurance Plan (GAIP). A predoctoral trainee may elect to insure his/her dependent(s) and pay the applicable premium.

Registration, Educational, and Performance Requirements:
A pre-doctoral trainee must be registered for at least 10 credits/quarter during the academic year and at least 2 credits during Summer Quarter when supported by a training grant.

Each trainee must make timely progress toward his/her degree or research goals as defined by the applicable department and their training grant. There are a few additional educational requirements for students on training grants, some required by all NIH trainees, such as in the ethical conduct of research, and some unique to the specific training program.

Required Reporting by NIH:
All training grants are required to file various reports. In addition, trainees must acknowledge their source of support on any publications on which effort was spent while supported by a training and/or research grant. Trainee cooperation with providing information for these reports is essential to the continued success of these training programs. The following reports are required by NIH.

Annual Progress Report: Trainees contribute to this annual report to NIH. To complete this requirement trainees submit an individual report to the Program annually and provide additional information as requested.
Termination Report: Trainees must file this report during the last month of their training period.
Competing Renewal Report: Trainees contribute to this periodic report every 5 years both while supported on the grant and for 10 years following termination.

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