Stipend, Full Tuition, and Health and Dental Insurance
All students receive a stipend (stipends are competitive with peer institutions – stipends for the 2012/13 academic year are $26,500 for pre-qualified students and $27,500 for post-aulaified students. Stipends for the 2013/14 academic year will be set in early January), full tuition, and health/dental insurance. Students who earn individual fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Department of Defense, and others will receive a $1,000 annual merit supplement to their stipend that will continue as long as they remain in good standing in the program. An annual allotment for travel to scientific meetings or courses is available depending on individual degree program policies.
Financial support comes from University fellowships, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grants, federal, foundation, and industry grants as well as from Endowment Funds.
Implementation and continuation of financial support and/or merit supplements is contingent upon full time enrollment in a BIMS degree program at the University of Virginia and satisfactory performance in both research and academic classes, as judged by the student’s Ph.D. Mentor, Dissertation Committee, Graduate Program, and Associate Dean.
Special note to international applicants:
Financial aid for students who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. permanent residents is very limited. Although approximately 19% of each entering class is international, on average, we are able to admit less than 5% of our non-U.S. applicant pool. Please take this into consideration before applying to the Program.
BIMS students are not required to teach, although opportunities to do so are available. Teaching Assistantships become a component of the annual stipend, and are not considered additional compensation.