Types of Financial Support
There are several ways in which students can receive financial support. The Graduate Group offers funding in the form of employment, most commonly as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or as an Associate Instructor (AI) within the Department of Statistics, and also as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). To hold one of these appointments, students must be enrolled in at least 12 units and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Teaching Assistant
TAs are employed at either 25% and 50% time (10 to 20 hours per week), and currently receive a monthly stipend of between $961 and $1923. In addition, TAs receive remissions covering most of their in-state tuition. Typically, an incoming student who wishes to become a teaching assistant must first submit a TA Application to the program coordinator; if accepted, all new TAs must take the TA Orientation, which is administered by the Teaching Resources Center.
- Associate Instructor
AIs are in charge of instruction for the course, and for supervision of Teaching Assistants. An AI is employed at 50% and is paid more, but has a larger responsibility. An AI receives a monthly stipend of $2015, and receives the same fee remissions as a TA. AI positions are usually offered through the Department of Statistics, dependent on availability.
- Graduate Student Researcher
GSRs are hired by a faculty member to conduct research. They are employed at either 25% or 49% time, and their monthly salary depends on how advanced they are in their degree. Those who have not yet advanced to PhD candidacy are appointed at Step III, receiving between $831 and $1630 per month. Students who have passed their PhD Qualifying Exam and advanced to candidacy are appointed at Step IV, receiving between $898 and $1760 per month. GSRs receive full remissions on their in-state tuition and on their non-resident supplemental tuition.
Non-Resident Supplemtal Tuition Fellowship (NRSTF)
The Graduate Group in Biostatistics also offers a limited number of fellowships to cover non-resident supplemental tuition (NRST)costs, which currently stand at $15,102 per academic year. These fellowships usually cover the NRST until a student advances to PhD candidacy, at which point their NRST costs are reduced to zero. Domestic students who are not California residents are also eligible to receive the NRSTF, but are expected to obtain California residency by the end of their first year.
Financial Support from the Office of Graduate Studies
- Internal Fellowships
Graduate Studies administers several fellowship programs, which are usually applied for at the same time as application for the program. Details about these fellowships can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
- Travel Grants
Graduate Students who are planning to travel to conferences and meetings can also apply for travel awards. These awards are given twice a year, and range from $250 (for travel within the state) to $1000 (for international travel). Applications are made through the graduate program; details can be found on the Graduate Studies website.