Financial Support

Full financial support is provided to all students maintaining satisfactory academic progress. We provide a competitive stipend and cover the cost of all tuition and fees, including comprehensive health and dental insurance throughout the doctoral program. The current minimum stipend is $38,000. During the first year, funding is provided from the program by Federal, State, and private sources and includes research appointments with faculty during the summer and teaching appointments. Support thereafter is provided through faculty sponsorship.

All prospective students are urged to apply for any extramural pre doctoral fellowships for which they may be eligible, such as fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Whitaker Foundation, Department of Defense and others.

It is highly recommended that applicants complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please visit their web site at:

International Students: Due to restrictions of many funding agencies, the opportunities for financial assistance to international students is limited. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents do not qualify for California residency and may not be eligible for certain types of support. Because of our commitment to fund all of our students, even the most qualified international applicants may not gain admission if funding cannot be found. Funding sources for international students include fellowships, research assistantships or nonresident tuition scholarships.