Funding

Financial aid is provided to all METC PhD students, assuming sufficient progress to degree, usually in the form of grant-supported research assistantships, institutional fellowships, teaching assistantships or advanced opportunity fellowships for minority or disadvantaged students. Students are encouraged to contact individual professors in their areas of interest to determine whether support is available for working in that lab.

The Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program does not guarantee funding for incoming or continuing masters students. Masters students may be eligible for research assistantships, teaching assistantships, advanced opportunity fellowships for minority or disadvantaged students, or other funding opportunities. Students are encouraged to contact individual professors in their areas of interest to determine whether support is available for working in that lab.

How do Molecular and Environmental Toxicology students pay for graduate training?

Financial aid is available to all METC students in the form of research assistantships, traineeships, and fellowships. In 2017-2018, the METC recommends to the faculty that research assistants receive a stipend of at least $27,000 for 12 months and pay no tuition. First semester Ph.D. students rotate into three different laboratories as research assistants, choosing a final laboratory and mentor at the end of rotations (normally by December 1st).

Ph.D. students with health-related research interests are eligible for several training grants on campus including: Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences); the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, and the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Chemistry-Biology Interface; and Cellular and Molecular Parasitology, and Biotechnology programs. Outstanding students are nominated for University traineeships and encouraged to compete for national awards.

It is assumed that all applicants will need financial aid. There is no separate application for most kinds of financial aid. You should be aware that all traineeships and most fellowships and research assistantships are awarded to students registered for the Ph.D. degree. Students registered for the M.S. degree may well have to provide their own support for some period of their training, particularly the first year. For more information about funding and financial aid, click here.