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All BMMB students will receive tuition and a competitive stipend that will continue as long as they remain in good standing in the program. Financial support comes from University assistantships and fellowships, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grants, federal, foundation, and industry fellowships and grants as well as from Endowment Funds.


Teaching Assistantships

BMMB students are required to teach for two semesters during which they will be supported on a teaching assistantship. Teaching Assistantships become a component of the annual stipend, and are not considered additional compensation.


Research Assistantships

Once the two required semesters of teaching are completed, most BMMB students are supported on research assistantships. RAs are funded by university funds as well as the research adviser’s grants.


University Fellowships

Homer F. Braddock and Nellie H. and Oscar L. Roberts Fellowships

Each year the admissions committee offers a number of these incentive fellowships to outstanding applicants to our program. Amounts of the awards are based upon qualifications of the applicant and the funds available for any given year.  Funds from this award are provided in addition to standard departmental stipend support, and these supplemental fellowship funds are disbursed directly into students’ accounts.

Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and University Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School sponsors the Distinguished Graduate and University Graduate Fellowships. These prestigious fellowship programs are available to incoming students. All applicants are considered for this fellowship by the BMMB admissions committee which forwards nominations for those selected to the Eberly College of Science for a final decision.

Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards Program

Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards are assistantships granted to incoming graduate degree students from underrepresented groups who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents as part of the University's comprehensive educational opportunity program. The graduate admission application serves as the Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards application. Applicants must be nominated by their graduate program, and nominations are evaluated based on the scholarly promise of the applicant. Awards from the Bunton-Waller Graduate Awards Program can be for one or two years.


Training Grants

Computation, Bioinformatics, and Statistics (CBIOS) Training Program

CBIOS is a National Institutes of Health funded predoctoral training program aimed at preparing young scientists to excel in cross-disciplinary genomics research cutting across the traditional disciplines of life sciences, computer science, bioinformatics, and statistics

Big Data Training Program

Penn State Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge (B2D2K) is a National Institutes of Health funded predoctoral training program, aimed at training the next generation of Data Scientists, who will be critical to see all of the biomedical big data fully utilized to its greatest potential.

Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (EGR) Predoctoral Training Program

The Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (EGR) Predoctoral Training Program is a National Institute of General Medical Sciences funded predoctoral training program. The goal of the program is to train future generations of scientists in both experimental and computational approaches to address fundamental questions in eukaryotic gene regulation.

Physiological Adaptations to Stress

Physiological Adaptations to Stress is an NIH- funded (T32) interdisciplinary training program from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The goal of the program is to prepare students to address important research questions related to human health and disease.

External Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Graduate School NSF GRFP Annual Information Session

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Awards

The purpose of this Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientists, to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program.