Financial Support for PhD Candidates

Benefits for PhD Candidates Financial Support for PhD Candidates
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Benefits for PhD Candidates Financial Support for PhD Candidates

At Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, our 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, 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 the payroll section of 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.