Financial Support and Benefits for Graduate Students

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Ph.D. degree candidates on a half-time (20 hours per week) research or teaching assistantship receive a yearly stipend of $26,004 ($2,167 per month), 100% tuition scholarship, and free single student health coverage.

M.S. degree candidates on a half-time (20 hours per week) research or teaching assistantship receive a yearly stipend of $24,000 ($2,000 per month), 50% tuition scholarship, and free single student health coverage.

Most students in the biochemistry or biophysics graduate program enter the program on a research assistantship that provides their financial support in the form of a stipend, tuition scholarship and student health insurance. During the periods that students are serving as teaching assistants they are appointed on a teaching assistantship and will receive the same level of financial support as when they are on a research assistantship.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. rotation program for the fall semester are required to participate in the research rotation program before selecting a host laboratory, and are guaranteed a continuing stipend for five years. The details of the guaranteed time of support may vary for students admitted directly into a specific laboratory without participation in the rotation program. The details of the level of support and the duration of the stipend will be specified in a letter from the Department Chair that formally offers admission to the program. All graduate student support is renewable each spring as long as a student remains in good standing and is making satisfactory progress towards his/her degree.

Free Student Health Insurance

A graduate student on an assistantship receives single student health coverage free of charge.  More information about the various plan options for medical, dental, and prescription drug benefit insurance can be found at the Student and Scholars Health Insurance Program website.

Fellowships

In addition to support through an assistantship, outstanding candidates will be considered for graduate fellowship awards provided by the program or Iowa State University. Prospective and current students should also consider external fellowship opportunities to enhance their creditials and to increase their potential choice of a research lab in which to do their graduate studies.

List of External Funding Opportunities

List of Internal Funding Opportunities

Student Fees

Students are responsible for mandatory student fees each fall and spring semester and summer term.  Student fees cover student activities and other services, like public transportation, recreation, health facility, and technology services.