Life at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

PhD Program Life at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
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PhD Program Life at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

As a PhD candidate at NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, you not only study and work with our renowned faculty, but also network with fellow graduate students and postdoctoral fellows involved in research projects. We offer clubs and groups for many student interests, from the BioTech Club to the Sackler Student Council. You can also keep up on everything happening in our program by reading the Sackler Messenger, a newsletter produced by our students.

Our PhD candidates are eligible for benefits, including an annual stipend and grants to travel to academic and scientific conferences. Throughout their tenure, we provide our students with career resources to prepare them for professional life.

PhD candidates are an important part of our research community. Many of our candidates are honored with academic awards and publish their research in renowned peer-reviewed journals, demonstrating the significance of their doctoral work.

PhD Candidate Housing

Housing for PhD candidates is available through NYU School of Medicine’s housing services office, and priority is given to newly matriculated students. If you live in student housing, your monthly rent is deducted directly from your stipend payment.

Subsidized Housing

Housing for PhD candidates is available through NYU School of Medicine’s Housing Services Office.
Greenberg Hall

PhD Candidate Medical Benefits

PhD candidates are eligible for medical benefits throughout their tenure.

Medical Insurance

All incoming and continuing students are entitled to receive medical benefits through NYU School of Medicine. During orientation, students receive a menu of options to choose from regarding their healthcare coverage by the NYU-UnitedHealthcare Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Basic Plan and a comprehensive prescription plan. Dental coverage is available for an additional cost. All plans go into effect after the student’s August start date, on September 1. Coverage is renewed by calendar year.

Students should carry their United PPO insurance card at all times. A copayment is required for all visits to physicians on this plan. Please review your insurance plan package available from Human Resources to learn about additional costs for out-of-network providers.

Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

You may contribute up to $2,600 annually in pretax dollars for healthcare costs.

NYU School of Medicine Student Health Service

Students may obtain medical care at the Student Health Service or through an in-network UnitedHealthcare provider. Our Student Health Service can also assist students with referrals and finding in-network UnitedHealthcare providers.

No referrals or appointments are needed. There is no charge for care received in the Student Health Service. During office hours, a nurse practitioner is available; physician hours vary per day.

The Student Health Service is located at 334 E. 25th Street, Suite 103. If you have questions or need assistance, you can call 212-263-5489. Our hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and Fridays from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

Prior to joining the program, students must submit completed medical history forms, and immunization records to Student Health Service. Students must comply with New York State Health Department requirements for an annual purified protein derivative test for tuberculosis and proven immunity to hepatitis B.

Students experiencing a life-threatening emergency when the Student Health Service is closed should call emergency services (911) or go to the nearest emergency room.

The Student Health Center at NYU downtown, located at 726 Broadway, suite 471, offers additional medical services.

Counseling Services

As full-time students in the Graduate School of Arts and Science, PhD candidates are eligible to obtain counseling services through the Student Health Center located at NYU downtown. Your private insurance is billed; your maximum out-of-pocket expense is $20 per visit.

Call 212-998-4780 to set up a 15-minute phone evaluation with a counselor, who directs you to the most appropriate service.

Services available at the center include the following:

  • short-term counseling
  • group therapy
  • self-improvement classes
  • follow-up case management
  • clinical assessments (walk-in)
  • 24/7 counseling and crisis response hotline: 212-443-9999
  • psychiatric services and medication management, including related laboratory tests

Substance Abuse

While taking classes and doing research at NYU School of Medicine, our PhD candidates can avail themselves of graduate student services located on the NYU downtown campus. The Office of Drug and Alcohol Education is available for any students who are concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking or drug use. All services are confidential.

The Office of Drug and Alcohol Education is located at 31 West 4th Street, 2nd floor. For more information, call 212-998-4991.

Students suspected of substance abuse are referred to counseling services. Refusal to seek treatment results in expulsion from the program.

Wellness Exchange

Students can contact the Wellness Exchange 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with a trained counselor. The number is 212-443-9999.

For evening and weekend emergencies, call NYU Public Safety at 212-998-2222. They connect you with a crisis response counselor, who can speak to you over the phone and, if appropriate, arrange to meet you in person. This emergency service is available around the clock.

In an immediate life-threatening situation, call emergency services (911) or go to the nearest emergency room.

Additional Resources for Mental Healthcare

Visit our stress management resource page (Kerberos ID required for login) for more information about stress management and available resources.

Walk-ins are an option as well, at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, located at 462 First Avenue, or you can call 212-562-4721 to make an appointment with a medical professional. Students are treated by NYU psychiatry residents. Your insurance coverage is accepted as the payment for services.

Call NYU’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-833-8707 to speak with an experienced counselor.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers short-term confidential counseling and support, resources, and referrals for individuals experiencing personal issues that may affect relationships at work, emotional well-being, or work performance. These services are free.

Childcare Subsidy

PhD candidates are eligible to participate in a financial assistance program provided by the NYU Division of Student Affairs to assist full-time graduate students who have a child under the age of six with the cost of childcare. Students can apply for awards in the amount of $200 per semester. The deadline for the fall semester is always November 1; the deadline for spring is April 1. Students may indicate both fall and spring if the application is submitted by November 1.

When you complete the application, note that Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences is part of NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, so list the Graduate School of Arts and Science as your school. Make sure you are registered for at least 12 credits per semester, or for a full-time equivalency if you are in your fourth year of graduate school or later. Learn more about resources for NYU students with children.

Bright Horizons Care Advantage Program

The Bright Horizons Care Advantage® program provides emergency backup child- or eldercare and help finding regular care. PhD candidates have access to emergency backup care for a reduced fee when they need to be at work and regular care is unavailable.

We also offer a program called Bright Horizons CareDirect, an online tool that can assist you if you are looking for care for your family on a regular basis and also provides a range of other services.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

PhD candidates may contribute up to $5,000 annually in pretax dollars to a dependent care flexible spending account. Children under age 13 whom you claim as deductions on your federal income tax return are considered eligible dependents.

Human Resources Policies

Vacation Policy

Every graduate student is eligible to take three weeks' vacation (15 business days) per year in addition to official NYU Langone Medical Center holidays. Students must consult their research advisor before taking vacations.

Maternity Policy

A graduate student is entitled to 30 days of paid leave. If the student has a disability that prevents her from returning to work beyond that time, she would apply for New York State disability. Contact your departmental administrator to obtain a Disability Notification form and forward a completed copy to the Benefits Department via fax at 212-404-3900.

Leaves of Absence and Withdrawal

Students in good standing (with a 3.0 average) who need to withdraw temporarily for national service, serious illness, or compelling personal reasons may apply for a leave of absence which, if approved by the associate dean, maintains their status and assures readmission at the end of the leave. The length of leave should not exceed one year. For further details, please refer to the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual.

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences follows all GSAS rules pertaining to leave of absence with the following modification: Students requesting a leave of absence should submit a letter to their graduate advisor stating the reason for the leave and include the last date of participation in the program. A copy of this letter should be provided to the Sackler Office.


Any problems concerning the inappropriate behavior of students or faculty members should be brought to the attention of the associate dean, Dr. Naoko Tanese, immediately for necessary action. Depending on the severity of the situation, disciplinary action may be taken.


As part of a long-standing commitment of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, NYU School of Medicine prohibits sexual harassment or intimidation in the workplace. The Department of Human Resources provides faculty and managers with the option of accessing an interactive internet-based sexual harassment prevention-training program or attending the Preventing Sexual Harassment Workshop. The interactive internet-based training is easily accessible from any computer connected to the internet and requires the successful completion of a test (approximately 45 minutes). The Preventing Sexual Harassment Workshop is a classroom-based interactive learning experience that combines lecture, group exercises, and video scenarios. To register for a workshop, please call the Department of Organizational Development and Learning at 212-404-3868.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

NYU School of Medicine is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its faculty and staff members, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, citizenship status, age, veteran status, or disability.

It is also an established policy of NYU School of Medicine to foster the full realization of equal economic opportunity at all levels and in all segments of the faculty and staff through a positive and continuing affirmative action program. The medical school aims to provide opportunities for all faculty members and employees to realize their potential and to assist them both to function more effectively and reach a level commensurate with their abilities. All personnel are responsible for assuring its continuing success.

PhD Candidate Financial Support

PhD candidates receive an annual stipend and other financial support throughout their tenure.

Tuition and Fees

NYU School of Medicine pays tuition and fees for all PhD program courses.


The annual stipend for graduate students and MD/PhD students for the 2017–18 academic year is $38,000. You are paid on the first day of each month, starting September 1. As a graduate student, you are a monthly employee. We encourage you to enroll in direct deposit, which you can sign up for on the employee self-service portal at atNYULMC. Log in with your Kerberos ID.

As full-time employees of the medical center, Sackler graduate students are expected to work full-time in the laboratory and therefore, cannot hold part-time positions elsewhere.

Understanding Your Paycheck

Visit payroll at atNYULMC to see a sample paycheck and pay stub and learn how to read them. Contact payroll services with any questions.

Computer and Housing Loans

We offer PhD candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents the opportunity to apply for a low-interest loan, at 4 percent, to finance the purchase of a computer or offset the cost of living in New York City. For housing, the loan covers the cost of one month’s rent per semester. We decide to issue loans on the basis of fund availability and the student’s need.

To request an application, email Loans are issued independent of other financial support and are administered by both NYU’s graduate financial aid office and the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. You are eligible to defer repayment of a loan for up to two years after you graduate, at which time you are billed in monthly installments for two years.

Grant Incentive

If you received external grant funding within the past year that covers most of your stipend, such as an individual training fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, we contribute $2,000 to your paycheck. If you receive more than one external grant, you are eligible for multiple grant incentive awards.

Travel Awards

NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science offer travel awards for graduate students presenting their research at scientific conferences. These grants help cover the cost of conference registration, travel, and accommodations and are offered to PhD and MD/PhD candidates who have completed their first year.

We encourage all candidates to present at scientific conferences and apply for travel grants.

Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Travel Grant

One travel award per year of up to $700 per student is available to PhD and MD/PhD candidates. To apply, complete the online travel grant application.

NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science Travel Grant

PhD and MD/PhD candidates presenting their research at a conference are encouraged to apply for a $500 travel grant awarded by NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. To qualify, you must present your research, not simply attend the conference. To apply, complete the online Graduate School of Arts and Science travel grant application. Funding is limited, so not all eligible candidates receive this grant. This grant can be awarded retroactively. The maximum number of awards that a PhD candidate may receive during their tenure is two.

NYU Conference Fund

The NYU Student Senators Council, with assistance from the senior vice provost for research, established a fund to support PhD and MD/PhD candidates traveling to conferences to present a project. The conference fund provides awards of up to $750 for domestic travel and up to $1,000 for international travel.

The grant offsets the cost of registration, travel, and lodging. There is a limit of one travel award per PhD or MD/PhD candidate per academic year. The award is not guaranteed, and requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. All grant recipients are asked to present their research at a colloquium held at the end of each academic year. To apply, complete the online conference funding application.

Life as a Graduate Student

Meet five candidates in our PhD and MD/PhD programs.
Graduate Student and Colleague Speaking in Lab