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Prospective Students: Financial Support

A limited amount of financial support is available for students. The department may provide one or more of the following types of support:

Traineeships/Training Grants (Fellowships): All traineeship stipends are for $1,731 per month and 60% of tuition. There is no work obligation. Each trainee is expected to enroll for ten credits per quarter. Students must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status to be eligible. Traineeships are restricted to Ph.D. students. The tuition that the training grants do not cover is usually made up for by a ten-hour-per week Research Assistantship. Information on the training grants awarded in the Department of Biostatistics providing traineeships is available by clicking here.

Graduate Assistantships: An assistantship appointment requires 220 hours of work per quarter by the student. Two types are available: teaching and research. A student's tuition is paid by the employing department except for students fees. Note that an advantage to this system is that students are not liable for raises in tuition. Appointees receive health insurance.

Research Assistantships: There are a number of research assistantships available which are associated with the various research projects of faculty of the Biostatistics Department and other departments. Duties include data processing, statistical analysis, report writing, etc. Students holding research assistantships are expected to enroll for at least ten credits each Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters, and for two credits in Summer quarter. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students are eligible for research assistantships.

Teaching Assistantships: A limited number of teaching assistantships are available which are associated with courses taught by the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics. Duties include grading homework papers, providing lab instruction, and holding office hours. Teaching assistants are expected to enroll for at least ten credits per quarter.

Research &Teaching Assistantships Pay Rates

MS students (20 hours/week): $2,131/month (before taxes) plus tuition

PhD students (20 hours/week): $2,155/month (before taxes) plus tuition

Satisfactory progress: A recipient of financial support must make satisfactory academic progress towards his or her degree as well as perfom the position's job duties at a satisfactory level. If a student cannot meet these two requirements then the department can withdraw support.

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