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Fellowships and Financial Support

Ph.D. Students

Accepted Ph.D. students in good standing are fully supported financially with a Research Assistantship, a Teaching Assistantship, or an external fellowship. The exact amount paid to students vary accordingly to the source of funding, but the minimum stipend for Biological Sciences Ph.D. students is $23,500. In addition, two competitive programs provide further support to exceptional applicants. Please see details listed below.

UMBC’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is also a valuable resource for graduate students looking to explore available options for financial aid and support. We encourage you to visit the departmental website to learn more.

Chemistry-Biology Interface Program

The Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Program supports students bridging the interface between the two disciplines; beginning Biology students receive at least $23,800 stipends from the CBI program.

Meyerhoff Graduate Program

The Meyerhoff Graduate Program promotes cultural diversity in graduate studies in several programs. The training program provides special training opportunities and a stipend of $21,000 per year.

Interdisciplinary Consortium for the Applied Research in the Environment

The ICARE at UMBC Master’s Degree program consists of a network of environmental scientists and engineers committed to increasing diversity of the environmental workforce and engaging community in local environmental research, specifically related to the Baltimore Harbor. Students funded by ICARE will receive a generous stipend, as well as research and travel expenses for the two years of their degree.

Meeting Travel Fund

After admission to candidacy, graduate students are eligible for a $300 grant to support their attendance at a scientific meeting. Please use the Scientific Meeting Form to apply for this grant.