Doctoral Program Support Policy


BMS students (in good academic standing) currently receive an annual stipend of $34,500. In addition to the stipend, the full costs of tuition, fees, and health insurance are covered for all Ph.D. students. The total support package ranges between $47,019.18 to $63,121.18 annually, depending on residency status. Primary sources of support are the University of California block grants, training grants from federal agencies such as NIH and NSF, graduate fellowships, and faculty research funds. Students are expected to complete the Ph.D. in five years. Approvals by the Thesis Advisor and Program Chairs are required for support beyond the program time limits. To be eligible for support, doctoral students must meet university and programmatic requirements for good academic standing.

Eligible students (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents) must establish California residency before the start of their second academic year. Students who fail to establish California residency by the start of the second academic year will be responsible for covering non-resident supplemental tuition and fees out-of-pocket. More information about residency can be found online.