Medical Benefits for PhD Candidates
At Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, our PhD candidates are eligible for medical benefits, including health insurance, throughout their tenure.
All incoming and continuing students are entitled to receive medical benefits through NYU Grossman School of Medicine. During orientation, students receive a menu of options to choose from regarding their healthcare coverage from either Empire or UnitedHealthcare and a comprehensive prescription plan. Dental and vision 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.
Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
You may contribute up to $2,700 annually in pretax dollars for healthcare costs.
PhD Student Health Services
The Student Health Center at NYU, located at 726 Broadway, suite 471, offers limited medical services as well. Please contact the center for an appointment at 212-443-1000. If you are experiencing an urgent need and cannot wait for an appointment, the Student Health Center offers walk-in care for a $10 fee. The Student Health Center is an in-network provider for students covered by UnitedHealthcare, but would be considered out-of-network if you are covered by Empire.
Students experiencing a life-threatening emergency should call emergency services (911) or go to the nearest emergency room.
As full-time students in NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science, PhD candidates are eligible to obtain counseling services, either through Corporate Counseling Associates or through dedicated NYU Langone mental healthcare providers. These providers can help you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, marital and family challenges, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, and other behavioral health issues.
Learn more about mental health benefits for PhD students (Kerberos ID and password required).
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.
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 Vilcek 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.